Why place matters : geography, identity, and civic life in modern America / Wilfred M. McClay & Ted V. McAllister, editors
- New York : Encounter Books, 
- Physical Description:
- xi, 297 pages ; 24 cm
- Additional Creators:
- McClay, Wilfred M.
- GPS and the end of the road / Ari N. Schulman -- Place-conscious transportation policy / Gary Toth -- "I can't believe you're from L.A.!" / Dana Gioia -- Cosmopolitanism and place / Russell Jacoby -- Making places : the cosmopolitan temptation / Mark T. Mitchell -- Place/space, ethnicity/cosmos : how to be more fully human / Yi-Fu Tuan -- The demand side of urbanism / Witold Rybczynski -- Metaphysical realism, modernity, and traditional cultures of building / Philip Bess -- A plea for beauty : a manifesto for a new urbanism / Roger Scruton -- Place and poverty / William A. Schambra -- The rise of localist politics / Brian Brown -- The new meaning of mobility / Christine Rosen -- Making American places : civic engagement rightly understood / Ted V. McAllister -- Place as pragmatic policy / Pete Peterson -- Local history : a way to place and home / Joseph A. Amato -- The space was ours before we were the place's / Wilfred M. McClay.
- Contemporary American society, with its emphasis on mobility and economic progress, all too often loses sight of the importance of a sense of "place" and community. Appreciating place is essential for building the strong local communities that cultivate civic engagement, public leadership, and many of the other goods that contribute to a flourishing human life. Do we, in losing our places, lose the crucial basis for healthy and resilient individual identity, and for the cultivation of public virtues? For one can't be a citizen without being a citizen of some place in particular; one isn't a citizen of a motel. And if these dangers are real and present ones, are there ways that intelligent public policy can begin to address them constructively, by means of reasonable and democratic innovations that are likely to attract wide public support? Why Place Matters takes these concerns seriously, and its contributors seek to discover how, given the American people as they are, and American economic and social life as it now exists - and not as those things can be imagined to be in some utopian scheme - we can find means of fostering a richer and more sustaining way of life. The anthology includes contributions from distinguished scholars and writers such as poet Dana Gioia (former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts), geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, urbanist Witold Rybczynski, architect Philip Bess, essayists Christine Rosen and Ari Schulman, philosopher Roger Scruton, transportation planner Gary Toth, political philosopher Mark T. Mitchell, and historians Russell Jacoby and Joseph Amato. -- from dust jacket.
- Geographical perception—United States
- Place attachment—United States
- National characteristics, American
- Geographical perception
- Manners and customs
- Place attachment
- Politics and government
- Räumliche Identität
- United States—Politics and government
- United States
- United States—Social life and customs
- 9781594037160 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1594037167 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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