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Community as a Political and Temporal Construct: A Response to Patricia Hill Collins

Community as a Political and Temporal Construct: A Response to Patricia Hill Collins Community as a Political and Temporal Construct: A Response to Patricia Hill Collins shannon sullivan University of North Carolina at Charlotte i am honored to have the opportunity to think with Patricia Hill Collins about community as a political construct. Collins has argued that, like concepts of family and love, community often has been considered to be part of a nonpolitical sphere, something personal and private even as it is not individualistic. As feminists have shown, however, the personal is political, and as Collins urges, an intersectional understanding of the political can and also should apply to the concept of community. In Collins’s words, “instead of being a natural, apolitical space, or even an empty category that can be used for political purposes, the construct of community may lie at the heart of politics itself ” (10). The concept of community can be a fruitful place from which to examine and challenge social inequities and other political aspects of our lived experience. Collins has outlined four dimensions of the construct of community im- portant for thinking of community as political: (i) its usefulness for prompt- ing relational thinking, (ii) its ability to help people respond to change, (iii) its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

Community as a Political and Temporal Construct: A Response to Patricia Hill Collins

The Pluralist , Volume 15 – Feb 13, 2020

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Community as a Political and Temporal Construct: A Response to Patricia Hill Collins shannon sullivan University of North Carolina at Charlotte i am honored to have the opportunity to think with Patricia Hill Collins about community as a political construct. Collins has argued that, like concepts of family and love, community often has been considered to be part of a nonpolitical sphere, something personal and private even as it is not individualistic. As feminists have shown, however, the personal is political, and as Collins urges, an intersectional understanding of the political can and also should apply to the concept of community. In Collins’s words, “instead of being a natural, apolitical space, or even an empty category that can be used for political purposes, the construct of community may lie at the heart of politics itself ” (10). The concept of community can be a fruitful place from which to examine and challenge social inequities and other political aspects of our lived experience. Collins has outlined four dimensions of the construct of community im- portant for thinking of community as political: (i) its usefulness for prompt- ing relational thinking, (ii) its ability to help people respond to change, (iii) its

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Published: Feb 13, 2020

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