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The Careless Society

Community and its Counterfeits

by John McKnight

ISBN 0-465091-26-1

$35.00


Published by Basic Books. (194 pages)

A remarkable collection of essays by John McKnight - that provoke us to think - and act to rebuild our communities - now! This is a must read for all John McKnight fans. The chapters of the book were written over the last two decades (l974-94) when human service systems overwhelmed communities. Four counterfeiting aspects of society are analyzed:

professionalism

medicine

human service systems

the criminal justice system

The last two sections are on authentic citizenship and communities of care.

This book of essays will provoke you to think and reflect. It is a book that celebrates the ability of neighborhoods to heal themselves from within. McKnight shows how competent communities have become colonized and invaded by professional services, often with devastating results. McKnight's belief is that the basis for resolving many of today's social problems lies in the capacity of every community, the gifts of the local citizens. Whether you agree or disagree, it is an excellent and thought provoking book.

Audience:
Anyone interested in the world in which we live, and particularly in the social issues that face communities, schools, workplaces, and human service organizations.

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