The Concept ‘Community’

Elizabeth Frazer

in The Problems of Communitarian Politics

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295648
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599316 | DOI:
 The Concept ‘Community’

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Contrasting approaches to the political philosophical technique of ‘conceptual analysis’ are discussed. The concept community as it is constructed and deployed in recent social and political theory is analysed by way of examination of the examples of ‘community’ therein, by the contrasts explicitly or implicitly drawn, and by using an interpretive method and representing in diagrammatic form the elements of and the structure of the concept. The intention here is not to provide a definition but rather to illustrate the concept's indefinition; not to legislate for the concept, but to show why it is contested.

Keywords: community; conceptual analysis; conceptual history; hermeneutics; political theory; social theory

Chapter.  17375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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