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ISM Community Dissolution and Failure, Part 1

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On this week’s ISM Frontiers we delved into the issue of ISM community dissolution and failure. We examined the difference between dissolution and failure, considered why and how ISM communities fail, and offered some correctives.

This episode is the first of two.

Father Gregory Singleton has recommended the following books for those who are interested in this topic:

Ferdinand Tönnies , Community and Society (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1957 – trans by Charles Price Loomis); originally published as Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (Leipzig: Fues’s Verlag, 1887).

Gregory Holmes Singleton, Religion in the City of Angels: American Protestant Culture and Urbanization. Los Angeles 1850-1930 (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1979)

Stephen Warner, New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1990; Reprint Edition)

James W. Lewis, The Protestant Experience in Gary, Indiana, 1906-1975 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992)

Maurice Stein, The Eclipse of Community: An Interpretation of American Studies (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971; New Edition).

Robert N. Bellah, et al., Habits of the Heart: Individualism and commitment in American Life (Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1985)

Marc J. Dunkelman, The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community (New York: Norton, 2014)

Christopher Lasch,  The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (New York: Norton, 1979).

Jeffrey Kluger, The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed—in Your World (New York: Riverhead, 2014)


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