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A discussion of the nature and fture of the urban crisis focusing on a class analysis and concluding that most conventiona responses to the problem would have little effect and could even make things worse.
Unknown Binding, 308 pages
Published 1970 by Little Brown and Co.
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Jul 04, 2008 rated it liked it
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Banfield is a Harvard political science who wrote this book in 1970 in despair about the prospects for urban areas. He identifies the ills as one of class (not race), with the working class and especially the lower classes possessing no ability to plan or focus on the future leading to a nilistic existance where poverty, violence and crime are endemic.

Banfield was a patron saint of the conservatism that would arise in reaction to the excesses of the 60's. Banfield feels that the liberal impulse
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Bob Costello
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book - opened my eyes to the problems of the underclass. Read this book in college for a class in Urban Politics at GWU.
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Fifty years ago, Edward C. Banfield published The Unheavenly City: The Nature and Future of Our Urban Crisis at a time much like our own, with poverty, crime, and racial unrest seemingly ascendant. It was also a time in which both Left and Right engaged in a great deal of hyperbolic commentary about these problems—a tendency Banfield’s book sought to address.

The Unheavenly City is one of those rare academic books that became a bestseller, marked by Banfield’s characteristic straight talk and sat
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