Does American have a sense of community and a vital civic culture?Are disparate groups capable of uniting as a single people who can call themselves Americans? Do Americans help each other for the common good?Daniel J. Monti, Jr. addresses these questions in this wide-ranging volume spanning three hundred years of American urban life. He reconciles liberal and conservative viewpoints and responds unequivocally, that "yes", Americans are indeed a community of believers and that a viable and vital civic culture exists in the United States despite notions of difference and apathy. Civic life in the US has been based on a set of rules predicated on prosperity and order as guiding principles to achieve a balance between private lives and the larger public good. The American City brings this notion forward and sheds a positive light on a world that focuses more often on the problems as opposed to the parts that work.
"The American City explores big questions about how we livenow with a tantalizing mix of historical and sociological analysis.Although Monti addresses weighty matters that have inspired deepreflections from major social theorists, he does so in a simple, modest, and personal style that is exceptionally engaging."Stephan Thernstrom, Harvard University
"This is a very valuable addition to the literature on urbanism: a blend of sociology, political science, and history; a blend ofhope and realism; of capitalism and community; of liberal andconservative perspectives. It amounts to a new ethical philosophyof urbanism by one of the few Americans qualified to write one."Roger Lotchin, University of North Carolina at ChapelHill
"Monti's wonderful book illustrates an important theme: ifAmerican cities are not Utopia, neither are they the socialdisaster zones portrayed by their more apocalyptic critics.Extensively researched, The American City is an extendedpersonal reflection on America's urban experience. This appealingand highly readable book will unquestionably stimulate debate anddiscussion." Paul Boyer, University of Wisconsin
Preface and Acknowledgments.
1. What Makes the Good Society?.
2. We Are a Bourgeois People Who Made an Urban World.
3. On Small Towns and Their 'Citified' Ways.
4. The Civic Culture of American Cities.
5. Belonging and Sharing.
6. Piety and Tolerance.
7. Private Lives and Public Worlds.
8. Doing Well by Doing Good.
9. Some Sort of Americans.
10. Articles of Faith: Personal Adornment as a Communal Accomplishment.
11. Private Entitlements as a Public Good.
12. Some Concluding Observations About the "Good Old Days".
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 29th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1