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July 2002 Issue
The Geographical Review
July 2002, Vol. 92 (3), pp. 307-318
COMMUNITY, SOCIETY, AND THE INDIVIDUAL
Keywords: communication, community, individual, society.
"Community" is a good warm word frequently invoked by citizens, social workers, and politicians. "Society," by contrast, is more ambivalent, invoking something elitist and exclusive, as in the expression "high society." The word "individual," or "individualism," often connoting selfishness and bracketed with society, is even more suspect in our time. I plead for a restoration of balance and esteem among the three terms as a necessary step toward acquiring a fuller understanding of the human condition and potential..