What Nancy and Agamben offer in the Inoperative community(1991) and The Coming Community(1993) respectively is a conception of community that is marked by a shift in thinking of idea of community as a concept that we always already occupy, or being in , to one that sees it as a concept that doesnt have a guarantee of meaning, identity, belonging, a concept that does not have an essence-that of unified collectivity.
Nancy's idea of community without community
Agamben shares similar critical trajectory in his designation of the coming community- a community without destiny and without essence, the community that returns is never present in the first place." (Wall 1999:156)
Agamben also proposes the idea of community that is based on the notion of belonging without identity. This is a community of singularities, fragments, it is of being whose community is mediated not by any condiiton of belonging...nor by the simple absence of condition...but by belonging itself. (Agamben 1993.85)