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Urbanization Without Cities: The Rise and Decline of Citizenship

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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 ...more
Paperback, 1st edition, 340 pages
Published February 26th 1992 by Black Rose Books (first published 1991)
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"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
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Really good book on what it meant historically to be a citizen, and how to build a true democracy through municipalities
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Murray Bookchin was an American libertarian socialist author, orator, and philosopher. A pioneer in the ecology movement, Bookchin was the founder of the social ecology movement within anarchist, libertarian socialist and ecological thought. He was the author of two dozen books on politics, philosophy, history, and urban affairs as well as ecology. In the late 1990s he became disenchanted with the ...more
“...one of the great tasks of ecological thinking will be to develop an ecological civicism that restores the organic bonds of community without reverting to the archaic blood-tie at one extreme or the totalitarian "folk philosophy" of fascism at the other.” 0 likes
“A moral economy is either a moral enterprise that is guided by a genuine spiritual desire to create one, even at the expense of strictly economic considerations, or it will degenerate into another profit-oriented and exploitative use of resources. Citizens who are not prepared to pay higher prices to support such an economy and volunteer their own efforts on its behalf are not likely to be prepared for self-governance in any form. Hence the need for a new municipal politics to become an intensely educational and participatory experience at every level of civic life.” 0 likes
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