The architecture of this essay is as follows: I begin by assaying the communitarian crisis of the modern western world. Second, I offer a brief narrative of the social and cultural variables that foster rootlessness and social disintegration in much of urban industrial life. Third, I state a strong case for how this same process may be systematically undermining the nuclear family as a life-long community, threatening the dependence of children on care-giving adults, and, thereafter, the psychological development of children.
Maher, Thomas F.
"The Withering of Community Life and the Growth of Emotional Disorders,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 19
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol19/iss2/10