The Political Status of Community

Steve Herbert

in Citizens, Cops, and Power

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780226327303
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226327358 | DOI:
The Political Status of Community

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This chapter explores the political capacity of community in greater depth. It reviews the four factors the residents cited most frequently to explain the political lightness of community: individualism, heterogeneity, transience, and fear. The analysis reveals that the constraints on communal efficacy fall more heavily on poorer neighborhoods indicating that efforts to devolve power to local communities might reinforce existing class-based differences.

Keywords: community; political capacity; political lightness; individualism; heterogeneity; transience; fear; communal efficacy; poorer neighborhoods; class-based differences

Chapter.  9735 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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