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Cities in the Urban Age: A Dissent

Robert A. Beauregard


In this self-proclaimed Urban Age, the city is touted as the source of economic prosperity, a nurturer or social and cultural diversity, and a place primed for democracy. Its fertile ground gives rise to innovations that speed society along a path of progress. Without cities, human civilization, we are led to believe, will falter and decay. Not just hyperbolic, this is celebratory by half. While Cities in an Urban Age recognizes the value and wonder of cities, it rejects this view through rose-colored glasses. Instead, it argues that the city is a cauldron for the contradictions that haunt lif ... More

Keywords: US cities, contradictions, daily life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226535241
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226535418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Beauregard, author
Columbia University

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