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Deeply informed by historical examples--many of them unknown to the general public--this remarkable book advances a new communalist agenda of a municipalist politics that offers the only serious alternative to the growing usurpation of power by statist forms of organization.


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Deeply informed by historical examples--many of them unknown to the general public--this remarkable book advances a new communalist agenda of a municipalist politics that offers the only serious alternative to the growing usurpation of power by statist forms of organization.

35 review for From Urbanization To Cities: Toward A New Politics Of Citizenship

  1. 4 out of 5

    blue-collared mind

    I have been referred to Bookchin by Planet Drum, and am glad to have found him. This book is a defined argument against the role of city residents as simply taxpayers, and argues for a fully re-realized role of citizen instead. His work on social ecology is well known and his libertarian impulses have sent him to the far- well the far out as I am never sure where to slot libertarians, as they roam the political spectrum quite freely. As for this particular book, I was glad to see another tome ask I have been referred to Bookchin by Planet Drum, and am glad to have found him. This book is a defined argument against the role of city residents as simply taxpayers, and argues for a fully re-realized role of citizen instead. His work on social ecology is well known and his libertarian impulses have sent him to the far- well the far out as I am never sure where to slot libertarians, as they roam the political spectrum quite freely. As for this particular book, I was glad to see another tome asking for city controlled by its citizens, it does my heart good in these dark days of federal control of New Orleans. But I do hear you out there-shouldn't we ask for a full accounting of our taxes and what they are used for from our elected and non-elected city officials? Yes, but is that all? I would say that Bookchin is adept at thinking through the idea of asking for more power than just the sheets showing decisions made by your city people- instead, a return to direct democracy and day to day power held by its citizenry is in order and can be obtained.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    To be clear, this book is history, not theory. As a person who is very committed to Bookchin's thought, I found this book to be quite a departure from his more analytical or theoretical works. It offers very little in terms of theoretical contributions to social ecology or anarchism. And, surprisingly, there isn't much about what urbanization actually is. Rather, it is simply a history of the city - from tribal organization, to ancient agora, to medieval commune, and finally to nation-state. It To be clear, this book is history, not theory. As a person who is very committed to Bookchin's thought, I found this book to be quite a departure from his more analytical or theoretical works. It offers very little in terms of theoretical contributions to social ecology or anarchism. And, surprisingly, there isn't much about what urbanization actually is. Rather, it is simply a history of the city - from tribal organization, to ancient agora, to medieval commune, and finally to nation-state. It achieves being a history quite well, so if you want to read a history text, this would definitely be a good book. However, its lack of theory and lack of analysis of the present, as well as the mundane nature of the text (seemingly endless discussion about very tedious details of ancient and medieval society) was more than enough to turn me off of it.

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