The Eclipse of Community: An Interpretation of American Studies 9781400868476

The author examines classic American community studies written during the past fifty years, such as Robert Park on Chica

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The Eclipse of Community: An Interpretation of American Studies
 9781400868476

Table of contents :
Cover
Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Foundations
Part II. Development
Part III. Perspectives
Epilogue
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

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THE ECLIPSE OF COMMUNITY AN INTERPRETATION OF AMERICAN

STUDIES

"Humanism, in every period, must wear a different countenance, since its function at any moment is to turn the course of culture in the direction of men's vital needs. Is it not the task of modern humanism to direct the mind toward the building up of a social group, above the approaching catastrophic anarchy of industrial and national egoisms, but at the same time to defend the human personality against the everthreatening oppression of the group thus rein­ forced?" "And, when we feel inclined to abuse our age, let us beware of excepting ourselves. By consenting to recognize in ourselves the viru­ lent nucleus of the same tendencies that we condemn in our contemporaries we shall be on the way to discovering in them the germ of the protest which has found utterance in us. This will only be an affront to our pride; but at this expense we shall regain some confidence in our species and our period; which is well worth a sacrifice, even the sacrifice of the bitter and arrogant pleasure of being in the right against the world." —from The Myth of Modernity, by CHAKLES BAUDOIN, pages 78 and 135

urn THE ECLIPSE OF COMMUNITY AN INTERPRETATION OF AMERICAN STUDIES

BY MAURICE R. STEIN

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS 1960

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