Communitarianism is a philosophy or belief system which places priority on the
community or on social values. Communitarianism is often contrasted to individualism or libertarianism.
Communitarianism claims that meaning in individual life and individual liberty are
only possible within a strong and vital community. So government policies and individual
choices should be responsive to social values.
Communitarianism and professionalism: a values oriented approach to
criminal justice technology - Klay, William Earle, Sewell, James D. - Publisher:
Elsevier B.V., Publication Name: Technological Forecasting & Social Change
Article Abstract: Democratic communitarianism is a sociological theory that upholds the
collective rights of a community which are manifested by the government. Court
administrators are required to evaluate the future implications of technology in the
judicial system of the succeeding generations.
Communitarianism, Sport and Social Capital
- 'Neighbourly Insights into Scottish Sport' - Grant Jarvie, University of
Stirling, UK - International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 38, No. 2, 139-153
The contribution that sport can make to community has been a contemporary theme within
both sociological and political thinking about sport. This paper examines assumptions that
are often associated with communitarianism as a basis for thinking about aspects of sport
in Scotland. It is argued that it is unrealistic to expect sport to sustain a notion of
social capital or civic engagement or communitarianism without addressing the issue of
ownership, obligations and stakeholding in Scottish sport.
Progressivism as Communitarian Democracy
- Robert Justin Lipkin, Widener University School of Law, Widener Law Symposium Journal,
Vol. 4, P. 229, 1999
Abstract: This article formulates a progressive conception of communitarian democracy
which rests upon the distinction between deliberative and dedicated conceptions of
community. The distinction between deliberative and dedicated communities is relevant to
the debate between liberalism and communitarianism. Typically, liberals seek deliberative
communities, while communitarians seek dedicated ones. Almost every serious person is a
communitarian, but some people are deliberative communitarians while others are dedicated
communitarians. Communitarian democracy is an attempt to describe a deliberative
community. Communitarian democrats seek freedom, equality, and solidarity for the purpose
of devising joint solutions to social problems. In order to achieve this, communitarian
democrats devise a civic discourse shorn of dedicated features, which values each citizen
equally as a member of the community. This has implication for at least three conflicts in
political and constitutional affairs. Since no irreducibly dedicated premises are possible
in this civic discourse, dedicated arguments are impossible without translation into
deliberative terms. Similarly, concerning multicultural conceptions of the right and the
good, communitarian democrats can accept only those multicultural conceptions translatable
into deliberative discourse. And, finally, communitarian democrats must guard against
constitutional atrophy, the process by which initially deliberative structures become
dedicated through lack of vigilance, criticism, and challenge. In a communitarian
democracy, atrophied deliberative structures may be just as inefficient and unfair as some
decidedly dedicated structures and must be similarly avoided.
Communitarianism and law and order - Gordon Hughes, The Open University
Critical Social Policy, Vol. 16, No. 49, 17-41 (1996)
This paper engages critically with the major variants of contemporary communitarian
thought on crime and disorder. It begins with an assessment of the moral authoritarian
communitarianism of Etzioni and Dennis. It is then argued that there are different and
more radical appropriations of community associated with the work of intellectuals in
Europe and Oceania beyond that of moral authoritarianism. It is argued that there are
progressive as well as the already widely recognized regressive potentialities in
contemporary communitarian discourses on law and order.
The Anti Communitarian Manifesto
What is the Hegelian Dialectic? and The Historical Evolution of Communitarian Thinking by
Niki Raapana and Nordica Friedrich, 2003, Seattle, Wyoming, Alaska.
Abstract: Background: Communitarianism is the theory that individual rights must be
balanced against the rights of the "community." The founders of the
Communitarian Network began "shoring up the moral, social and political
environment" in the early 1990s. Today the communitarian theory is the basis for
hundreds of new global rules and regulations eliminating individual rights, yet fewer than
one percent of the affected population knows about it.
There is a dedicated effort to lead the world into unknowingly accepting communitarian
solutions. To understand how philosophical Communitarianism advanced itself, the authors
traced it back to the original source. Using the works of the leading Communitarian
theorists, they followed the path from Seattle Neighborhood Plans all the way to the
International Court at the Hague.
The foundation for the communitarian theory is undisputedly the Hegelian dialectic.
Theoretical analysis, i.e.. (A) Communitarianism did not evolve naturally (B) and it was
never a movement that arose out of U.S. society (C) therefore, communitarianism has no
natural home in the United States. Part II outlines historical events leading to the
global communitarian synthesis. The changing duality of the new legal system clearly
indicates Communitarianism is a criminal enterprise whose aim is to destroy all legal
institutions established under national and state constitutions. Both Part I and Part II
establish the aims and shared goals of the lesser arms involved in the global
communitarian insurrection, showing direct ties to the War on Terror business, the
European Union's integration under Communitarian Law.