n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Demonisering en demokrasie

Volume 47, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


In die artikel word oor die begrip "gemeenskap" nagedink. Die argument steun op die onderskeid tussen drie uiteenlopende ruimtes vanwaar oor gemeenskap nagedink word, naamlik die modernisme, die postmodernisme en die ander moderniteit. Terwyl sowel die modernisme en die postmodernisme gemeenskap aan vorme van demonisering onderwerp, ervaar die ander moderniteit gemeenskap juis as 'n antwoord op praktyke van demonisering.

This article argues for the need to rethink the concept "community". Reference is made to three different traditions vis-á-vis community: Firstly, modern liberalism's atomistic isolation of self and other that results in a loss of community; secondly, postmodernism's collapse of self and other within a framework that induces indifference and - again - a loss of community; and lastly, the so-called "other modernity". The latter does not emphasize either the radical difference or the unity (indifference) between self and other, but rather their democratic unity-in-difference. The article argues that both modernism and postmodernism, despite their appeal to universality (modernism) and particularity (postmodernism), are essentially marked by an attempt to demonize historical communities. In response to this it is argued that the other modernity prevents a demonizing assessment of historical communities due to its understanding of community life as the democratic inter-play between self and other. Community is thereby not only not demonized, but seen as an answer to demonizing practices.

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