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Counterfeit Community: The Exploitation of Our Longings for Connectedness (Paperback)
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Counterfeit Community: The Exploitation of Our Longings for Connectedness (Paperback)

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Paperback 250 Pages / Published: 04/06/1998
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From gated communities to Heaven's Gate, the idea and practice of community in America have not only declined but mutated. In the process, Americans' longing to be connected to something greater than themselves has intensified. This longing, coupled with an absence of genuine community alternatives, opens the way to counterfeit claims by those promoting economic rather than social agendas. This book examines 'counterfeit community' as it has become manifest throughout contemporary American society-in housing, as it shapes our public spaces; in the workplace; in politics; in religion; and most recently, in cyberspace.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847688722
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 345 g
Dimensions: 231 x 155 x 14 mm


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Counterfeit Community crackles with life as well as a certain healthy skepticism. The examples are down to earth, the range of topics John Freie pursues is delightful, and his probing observations are such a strength. Of course this is a controversial book, in its definition of what community should be and should not be and in terms of how the examples are read by the author. That is all to the good; it gets one thinking and sometimes even gets the blood moving. A sassy and valuable contribution to the whole community debate. -- Robert Booth Fowler, University of Wisconsin, Madison
In each of his six analyses, Freie develops a strong argument for how to strengthen genuine community. -- Gordana Rabrenovic, Northeastern University * Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences *
Freie's treatment of space from the perspective of ethics adds to an extensive literature in architecture, city planning, and postmodernism and is most welcome. -- Christine E. Gudorf * The Review of Politics *

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