Urbanization

What are the consequences of urbanization on social life?

Houses are made to accomodate the typical nuclear family.  This nuclear family is a mobile, relocatable unit.  It is often moved about the world by company transfer, job change, and various other reasons.  Hence, there is little chance that long standing, deep bonds with others in the community will be created.  The social network is reduced to the daily sight community who are usually ones coworkers.  There is no time for deeper bonds to ensue.  Hence there is no social safety net.

This type of living is conducive to the superficial and shallow relationships without any commitment that are typical of relationships in the advanced capitalist economies.  Ergo the loneliness, anomie and alienation of modern city life in the advanced capitalist economies as portrayed in the literature and art from these economies.  (Here look for instances in literature and popular art illustrating this theme.  F.Scott Fitzgerald and John Cheever immediately come to mind)

[These are notes in draft form, and will require polishing.  The patient reader will bear with me.]

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One Response to “Urbanization”

  1. HyperActiveX Says:

    The advanced economies have therefore invented other devices to counter anomie – virtual networks. The digitization that your next blog post talks about has played a role here, in enabling the creation of web-based social networks. One may find these shallow too, inasmuch as in a lot of cases, people are connecting with cyber ‘avtaars’ they meet on the web, rather than with real people they could meet in real life. Where is this headed?

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