Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3194: Rethinking the Politics of Communities

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

The majority of the reading will be made available online via the ELE page for the module.


Plato (2005) Republic, Book 2. Cambridge University Press.

Aristotle (1996) Politics, Book 1. Cambridge University Press.

Thomas Hobbes (2007) Leviathan, Chapters 13-15, & 17. Cambridge University Press.

G.W.F. Hegel (1967) Philosophy of Right, §§182-206 & 241-258. Oxford University Press.

F. Tönnies (2001) Community and Civil Society, Section 1. Cambridge University Press.

John Dewey (1954) The Public and its Problems, Chapter 6. Ohio University Press.

Charles Taylor (1985) “Atomism”. Philosophical Papers2. Cambridge University Press.

Robert Putnam (1999) Bowling Alone. Simon & Schuster.

Jean-Luc Nancy (1991) The Inoperative Community. University of Minnesota Press.

Maurice Blanchot (1988) The Unavowable Community. Station Hill Press.

Giorgio Agamben (1993) The Coming Community. University of Minnesota Press.

Zygmunt Bauman (2001) Community. Polity Press.

Roberto Esposito (2010) Communitas: The Origin & Destiny of Community. Stanford University Press.