Cities, Real and Ideal

Cities, Real and Ideal : Categories for an Urban Ontology

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Cities are conspicuous among settlements because of their bulk and pace: Venice, Paris, or New York. Each is distinctive, but all share a social structure that mixes systems (families, businesses, and schools), their members, and a public regulator. Cities alter this structure in ways specific to themselves: orchestras play music too elaborate for a quartet; city densities promote collaborations unachievable in simpler towns. Cities, Real and Ideal avers with von Bertalanffy, Parsons, Simmel, and Wirth that a theory of social structure is empirically testable and confirmed. It proposes a version of social justice appropriate to this structure, thereby updating Marx's claim that justice is realizable without the intervention of factors additional to society's material conditions.
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  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 23.88mm | 542g
  • Berlin, Germany
  • English
  • 3110321629
  • 9783110321623