Metropolis Center and Symbol of Our Times

ISBN-10: 0814746403
ISBN-13: 9780814746400
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 486
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

The modern city is the nexus of culture, politics, and art. Despite the manifold problems cities face, more and more Americans are abandoning rural areas and relocating to urban centers. By the year 2000, 4 out of 5 Americans will live within one hour of a major city. What has prompted this emphasis on the city? Chronicling the rise of the modern city, Metropolis draws from the work of such renowned social thinkers as Georg Simmel, Lewis Mumford, Walter Benjamin, Richard Sennett, and Herbert Gans, to illustrate how and why we have come to be an urban society and what the future holds for the American city. Each of the five sections (on modernity and the urban ethos; New York City; community and social bonds in the city; social relations and public places; and the role of space, race, class, and politics in the American city) is prefaced by an introduction by the editor, highlighting the issues under discussion.

Robert Jackall has done several years of fieldwork with New York City police detectives and prosecutors, among whom he is known as "The Professor." He is the Class of 1956 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Williams College.

Series Preface
Introduction
The Culture of Cities
The Metropolis and Mental Life
Paris: Capital of the Nineteenth Century
Urbanism as a Way of Life
New York is not a Completed City
The Uses of Sidewalks
In the Forest of Symbols: Some Notes on Modernism in New York
Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Reevaluation of Definitions
Race, Ethnicity and New Forms of Urban Community
Private, Parochial and Public Social Orders: The Problem of Crime and Incivility in Urban Communities
Community Becomes Uncivilized
City Life and Difference
Varieties and Vicissitudes of Public Space
Pleasures and Costs of Urbanity
Street Etiquette and Street Wisdom
Fortress Los Angeles: The Militarization of Urban Space
Reclaiming Our Public Spaces
Megalopolis Unbound
The Ghetto, the State and the New Capitalist Economy
Civil Society as a Polyarchic Form: The City
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Index

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