Metropolis / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 25%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (21) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $28.44   
  • Used (18) from $1.99   


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.

Read More Show Less

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: 486
  • 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.

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)