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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814746400
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Series: Main Trends of the Modern World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 1.11 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Kasinitz is Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and author of Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Introduction 1
2 The Culture of Cities 21
3 The Metropolis and Mental Life 30
4 Paris: Capital of the Nineteenth Century 46
5 Urbanism as a Way of Life 58
7 New York is not a Completed City 98
8 The Uses of Sidewalks 111
9 In the Forest of Symbols: Some Notes on Modernism in New York 130
11 Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Reevaluation of Definitions 170
12 Race, Ethnicity and New Forms of Urban Community 196
13 Private, Parochial and Public Social Orders: The Problem of Crime and Incivility in Urban Communities 204
14 Community Becomes Uncivilized 226
15 City Life and Difference 250
17 Varieties and Vicissitudes of Public Space 280
18 Pleasures and Costs of Urbanity 320
19 Street Etiquette and Street Wisdom 331
20 Fortress Los Angeles: The Militarization of Urban Space 355
21 Reclaiming Our Public Spaces 369
23 Megalopolis Unbound 395
24 The Ghetto, the State and the New Capitalist Economy 413
25 Civil Society as a Polyarchic Form: The City 450
Acknowledgements 469
Notes on the Contributors 471
Index 475
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