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The Unheavenly City Revisited Paperback – November 1, 1990
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Conservatives will appreciate what is probably the best statement of a conservative plan and thinking about the plight of cities, but Banfield's meticulous use of careful arguments and research make the book useful for those who disagree with him as well. An excellent book for anyone who wants to examine the problems of cities and challenge their own assumptions, with bold recommendations for helping those trapped in poverty.
Time is the great divider of men in the city. Those that can see a future and plan for it are on the opposite end of the social spectrum than those that live merely for the action of the present. Banfield does a superb job of showing that this time distinction is something that is impervious to race or color. One of the great insights is that the classes of a city are not fixed in their positions: they tend to migrate from lower to upper over time.
I read his chapter on "Rioting Mainly for Fun and Profit" just before the Rodney King riots in LA. It was oddly prophetic.
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Very insightful work of genuine scholarship. I was surprised at what a hidden gem this was.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
If predictive accuracy is the only measure of the worth of this book, it doesn't need any defenders. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Clark M. Neily
This book is a must read for anyone dealing with individuals in the lower classes of American society.Published on November 21, 2007 by M. Levine
These tired ideological arguments were demolished over 30 years ago. Check out "The Culture of Poverty: A Critique" by Eleanor B. Leacock (Editor), also available from Amazon.Published on February 17, 2005 by Anthony Williams