Urbanization Without Cities: The Rise and Decline of Citizenship

Urbanization Without Cities The Rise and Decline of Citizenship The city at its best is an eco community Urbanization is not only a social and cultural fact of historic proportions it is a tremendous ecological fact as well We must explore modern urbanization and

  • Title: Urbanization Without Cities: The Rise and Decline of Citizenship
  • Author: Murray Bookchin
  • ISBN: 9781895431001
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • The city at its best is an eco community Urbanization is not only a social and cultural fact of historic proportions it is a tremendous ecological fact as well We must explore modern urbanization and its impact on the natural environment, as well as the changes urbanization has produced in our sensibility towards society and toward the natural world If ecological thinkThe city at its best is an eco community Urbanization is not only a social and cultural fact of historic proportions it is a tremendous ecological fact as well We must explore modern urbanization and its impact on the natural environment, as well as the changes urbanization has produced in our sensibility towards society and toward the natural world If ecological thinking is to be relevant to the modern human condition, we need a social ecology of the city This book attempts to lay the groundwork for such a social ecology It tries to develop a concept of the city in those participatory terms that are uniquely characteristic of all ecosystems It relates ecology s participatory sensibility to the city in all its forms over the course of history, partly to show that the city was a social eco community at various times insofar as it fostered diversity, mutualism, and connectedness In applying a participatory sensibility to the city, I have been obliged to take the reader on a voyage into the evolution of the city What I wish to do is redeem the city, to visualize it not as a threat to the environment but as uniquely human, ethical, and ecological community that often lived in balance with nature and created institutional forms that sharpened human awareness of their sense of natural history.

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    1. "The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking." (p. 290) As Murray Bookchin did with The Ecology of Freedom—in which he traces the rise of hierarchy throughout history, and out of which he identifies a new potential realm of freedom—so he does with this book, but the focus being the city.Bookchin makes the argument that urbanization and citification are antagonistic concepts. Modern day "citizens" view the city in economist [...]

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