Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

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In this indispensable book, urban visionary Jane Jacobs--renowned author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities--convincingly argues that as agrarianism gives way to a technology-based future, we stand on the brink of a new dark age, a period of cultural collapse. Jacobs pinpoints five pillars of our culture that are in serious decay: community and family; higher education; the effective practice of science; taxation, and government; and the self-regulation of the learned professions. The corrosion of these pillars, Jacobs argues, is linked to societal ills such as environmental crisis, racism, and the growing gulf between rich and poor. But this is a hopeful book as well as a warning. Drawing on her vast frame of reference–from fifteenth-century Chinese shipbuilding to Ireland’s cultural rebirth–Jacobs suggests how the cycles of decay can be arrested and our way of life renewed. Invigorating and accessible, Dark Age Ahead is not only the crowning achievement of Jane Jacobs’ career, but one of the most important works of our time.


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About Jane Jacobs

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Jane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, and The Nature of Economies. She died in 2006.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Social philosopher Jacobs (Systems of Survivals, 1992, etc.) warns that the collapse of Western Civilization is in the cards, unless we start reshuffling our economic, cultural, and political decks with alacrity.

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Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities forever transformed the discipline of urban planning by concentrating on what actually helped cities wor

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Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities forever transformed the discipline of urban planning by concentrating on what actually helped cities work.

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Jane Jacobs' book, Dark Age Ahead, argues that the modern world, especially the western world, unwittingly stands at the brink of a new "dark age," a cultural collapse brought on by the intersecting shifts from an agrarian world into not simply an industrial one but a technology-driven, "informat...

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Englewood Review of Books

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Englewood Review of Books

Paperback: Vintage, 2004.Buy now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ].

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