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The art of belonging

Mackay, Hugh, 1938-2014
The Art of Belonging advances the argument put forward in Mackay's bestselling The Good Life: a 'good life' is not lived in isolation or in the pursuit of independent goals; a good life is lived at the heart of a thriving community, among people we trust, and within an environment of mutual respect. Drawing on 50 years' experience as a social researcher, Mackay creates a fictional suburb, Southwood, and populates it with characters who - like most of us - struggle to reconcile their need to belong with their desire to live life on their own terms. He chronicles the numerous human interactions and inevitable conflicts that arise in a community when characters assert their own needs at the expense of others. The Art of Belonging is the book that will reignite the conversation about how we want to live; it will provide the framework for those who argue for a particular vision of community, one that sustains, protects and nurtures the many, and not just the few.
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The art of belonging / Hugh Mackay.
Sydney, New South Wales : Macmillan, 2014.Sydney, New South Wales Macmillan / Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014.©2014
296 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction : independent and interdependent, all at once -- 1. Community magic -- 2. 'The village' comes to town -- 3. Herding -- 4. Breaking bread -- 5. The hubs -- 6. Singletons -- 7. Online communities -- 8. Shadows -- 9. Sometimes it takes a crisis -- 10. The Southwood Festival.
9781742614250 (paperback)
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