One of my main preoccupations is the communities that human beings build. My interest in metal music scenes and in the UK Jewish community looks at the pains and pleasures of communal life. I don’t idealise community – indeed, I have looked extensively at conflict within communities – but I do think that they can enable humans to flourish and achieve more than they could alone.

My interest in community is also demonstrated in my fascination with what I call ‘small worlds’ – which you can track in the Small Worlds Theme.

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