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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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The Cost of Community

The Cost of Community

Chapter:
(p.159) Eleven The Cost of Community
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Freedom and Limits
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Patrick Shade

John Lachs

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0013

Lachs contends that since social relations and structures are predicated on the notion of one individual performing a task on behalf of another, mediation lies at the heart of every society. Mediation's chief benefit is making possible complex communal behavior, but its costs include readiness to manipulate others, a growing sense of passivity and impotence, and an increase in the psychic distance between humans and their acts.

Keywords:   Community, Mediation, Social costs

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