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Against community

All this talk of "community" distracts us from the task of actually living together

By William Davies   November 2006

Late on a sunny autumn afternoon in October, I and about 100 fellow residents of the Holly Street estate in east London were gathered in a public garden listening to the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin’s sermon. “What is happening in our community?” she asked. “If you are going to be a community together, then we are going to need to work together to improve that community.” It was the memorial service for Stevens Nyembo-Ya-Muteba, the 40-year-old Congolese man who was murdered this month in an unprovoked attack in the stairwell to his flat. On this of all occasions, it was impossible…

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