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Systems Of Survival : Vintage - Jane Jacobs

Systems Of Survival


Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780679748168
Number Of Pages: 236

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With intelligence and clarity of observation, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities addresses the moral values that underpin working life.

In Systems of Survival, Jane Jacobs identifies two distinct moral syndromes—one governing commerce, the other, politics—and explores what happens when these two syndromes collide. She looks at business fraud and criminal enterprise, government’s overextended subsidies to agriculture, and transit police who abuse the system the are supposed to enforce, and asks us to consider instances in which snobbery is a virtue and industry a vice. In this work of profound insight and elegance, Jacobs gives us a new way of seeing all our public transactions and encourages us towards the best use of our natural inclinations.

Industry Reviews

"Altogether magnificent . . . Probably no single thinker has done more in the last fifty years to transform our ideas about the nature of urban life." --Chicago Tribune

"[With] piercing analysis, crystalline prose and [a] finely-honed sense of morality, Jacobs covers an amazing amount of ground." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Superb . . . Cobbling together a little urban anthropology, a little economic history, and a vast store of highly nuanced personal observations . . . Jacobs is an indispensable provocateur." --Village Voice Literary Supplement

Armbruster's Summonsp. 3
A Pair of Contradictionsp. 23
Kate on the Commercial Syndromep. 33
Why Two Syndromes?p. 51
Jasper and Kate on the Guardian Syndromep. 57
Trading, Taking, and Monstrous Hybridsp. 93
Anomaliesp. 112
Casts of Mindp. 123
Armbruster on Systemic Moral Corruptionp. 131
Syndrome-Friendly Inventionsp. 158
Hortense on Castes and Flexibilityp. 179
Pitfalls of the Methodsp. 191
Hortense's Defense of Moral Flexibilityp. 205
Plans and Champagnep. 212
Appendix: The Commercial and Guardian Moral Syndromesp. 215
Notesp. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780679748168
ISBN-10: 0679748164
Series: Vintage
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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