Dark Age Ahead

ISBN-10: 1400076706
ISBN-13: 9781400076703
Edition: 2005
Authors: Jane Jacobs
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Description: In this indispensable book, urban visionary Jane Jacobs--renowned author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities--convincingly argues that as agrarianism gives way to a technology-based future, we stand on the brink  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

In this indispensable book, urban visionary Jane Jacobs--renowned author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities--convincingly argues that as agrarianism gives way to a technology-based future, we stand on the brink of a new dark age, a period of cultural collapse. Jacobs pinpoints five pillars of our culture that are in serious decay: community and family; higher education; the effective practice of science; taxation, and government; and the self-regulation of the learned professions. The corrosion of these pillars, Jacobs argues, is linked to societal ills such as environmental crisis, racism, and the growing gulf between rich and poor. But this is a hopeful book as well as a warning. Drawing on her vast frame of reference–from fifteenth-century Chinese shipbuilding to Ireland’s cultural rebirth–Jacobs suggests how the cycles of decay can be arrested and our way of life renewed. Invigorating and accessible, Dark Age Ahead is not only the crowning achievement of Jane Jacobs’ career, but one of the most important works of our time.

Jane Jacobs lives in Toronto.

The hazard
Families rigged to fail
Credentialing versus educating
Science abandoned
Dumbed-down taxes
Self-policing subverted
Unwinding vicious spirals
Dark age patterns
Notes and comments
Acknowledgments
Index

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