Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

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* Book: The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, by John McKnight and Peter Block (Berrett-Koehler Publishers), 2010


"This book is a different look at the limited role of community in contemporary American politics. McKnight and Block propose a new politics centered at the level of non-state collectivities. They contend that neighborhoods have the productive resources they need to care for themselves if they're willing to organize themselves around those lines. The lie of consumerism, the authors hold, is that a satisfied life can be purchased. Instead, they propose that people within their organic communities can and must provide for support - material and spiritual - for themselves. The Abundant Community is part of a larger body of theory and practice devoted to renewing the place of neighborhoods in our system of production." (