Community

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745657095
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'Community' is one of those words that feels good: it is good 'to have a community', 'to be in a community'. And 'community' feels good because of the meanings which the word conveys, all of them promising pleasures, and more often than not the kind of pleasures which we would like to experience but seem to miss. 'Community' conveys the image of a warm and comfortable place, like a fireplace at which we warm our hands on a frosty day. Out there, in the street, all sorts of dangers lie in ambush; in here, in the community, we can relax and feel safe. 'Community' stands for the kind of world which we long to inhabit but which is not, regrettably, available to us. Today 'community' is another name for paradise lost - but for a paradise which we still hope to find, as we feverishly search for the roads that may lead us there. But there is a price to be paid for the privilege of being in a community. Community promises security but seems to deprive us of freedom, of the right to be ourselves. Security and freedom are two equally precious and coveted values which could be balanced to some degree, but hardly ever fully reconciled. The tension between security and freedom, and between community and individuality, is unlikely ever to be resolved. We cannot escape the dilemma but we can take stock of the opportunities and the dangers, and at least try to avoid repeating past errors. In this important new book, Zygmunt Bauman takes stock of these opportunities and dangers and, in his distinctive and brilliant fashion, offers a much-needed reappraisal of a concept that has become central to current debates about the nature and future of our societies.

Embedded Faith

Author: Carlton Johnstone
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630870919
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Embedded Faith explores the way Christian faith journeys of young adults are embedded within church communities. It discusses why young adults go to church, why they change churches, why some are involved in the practice of church two-timing, and what they are looking for in a church. Embedded Faith also provides valuable insight into the relationship between geographic mobility and belonging to a faith community in a transient age. Embedded Faith discusses areas where young adults are engaging and disengaging with church life, such as preaching and worship. It addresses how stage of life transitions and life experience impact on one's experience and involvement in church. This book will enable anyone working with young adults in a church context to give shape to a ministry that is more sensitive and connected to the realities faced by young adults, and will call you to the importance of listening to the lived experience of young adults as it relates to faith and church.

Modernities Memory and Mutations

Author: Abby Day
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317094484
Format: PDF, ePub
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Grace Davie, one of the world’s most influential scholars in contemporary sociology of religion, has furthered a tradition developed by David Martin and others in comparative sociology of religion and modernity in European and international perspective. Davie’s writings on belief and belonging, particularly in a context outside active Church participation, have contributed important understandings of the cultural role of religion as memory and practice in contemporary European societies. Through her most recent work on new roles of religion in relation to the political, legal and welfare sectors of society, she has addressed debates on the resurgence of religion and the ’post-secular condition’. Modernities, Memory and Mutations presents an overview and critical engagement with contemporary themes in the sociology of religion which will inform current and forthcoming generations of scholars. Reflecting on how Grace Davie’s contributions have influenced their own work and wider debates in the field, leading international scholars engage with themes Davie has critically explored across religious studies and mainstream sociology evolving a new research agenda for sociology of religion.

Home and Away

Author: Stephen Burns
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1621895580
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"Home and Away is a cluster of exercises in contextual theology, in different but related modes."--Preface.

Identity

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745637183
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This topical new book by Zygmunt Bauman explores the notion of identity in the modern world. As we grapple with the insecurity and uncertainty of liquid modernity, Bauman argues that our socio-political, cultural, professional, religious and sexual identities are undergoing a process of continual transformation. Identities the world over have become more precarious than ever: we live in an era of constant change and disposability - whether it's last season’s outfit, or car, or even partner – and our identities as a result have become transient and deeply elusive. In a world of rapid global change where national borders are increasingly eroded, our identities are in a state of continuous flux. Identity - a notion that by its very nature is elusive and ambivalent – has become a key concept for understanding the changing nature of social life and personal experience in our contemporary, liquid modern age. In this brief book, Zygmunt Bauman explains compellingly why this is so.

Autonomy and Community

Author: Jane Kneller
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791437438
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Shows how Kant's basic position applies to and clarifies present-day problems of war, race, abortion, capital punishment, labor relations, the environment, and marriage.

Surveillance after September 11

Author: David Lyon
Publisher: Polity Pr
ISBN: 9780745631806
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Prominent among the quests for post-9/11 security are developments in surveillance, especially at airports and on borders. Such activities are not new, but after 9/11 many surveillance trends have been intensified. The result? More and more persons and populations are counted as "suspicious." At the same time, less is disclosed about surveillance. Moreover, new technologies make surveillance even more opaque, such that not only suspicion but widespread secrecy also attends its growth. This book assesses post-9/11 surveillance trends, showing how existing surveillance activities have been extended, and that some qualitative changes in the security climate are taking place. Diverse databases containing personal information are being integrated. Biometric identifiers such as iris scans are becoming more popular. Consumer data are merged with those obtained for policing and intelligence, to create ever-widening webs of surveillance. While extraordinary legal measures and high-tech systems are being adopted, promises made on their behalf--that terrorism can be prevented--are hard to justify. This book demonstrates that the social consequen