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Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place
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It also tells how globalized capitalism is driving local
Logan and Molotch's thesis is to local politics what Darwin evolutuionary concepts are to natural botony and natural history. You will never watch local government the same
way again after reading this book.
This book is considered one of the most important books in sociology of the last 50 years, and won the American Sociology
Association book-of-the-year award in 1990.
If you are a died in the wool Cato-Institute/ American Enterprise Institution/Chicago School liberatian /free market-solved everything person, you won't like it. But if you want to
have a an alternate paradigms of how political economy of the the city works in your head, this provides a good alternative.
The above is an excerpt from this tedious text that calls itself, untruthfully, an introduction to urban studies. Such statements are made throughout the entire text with no figures upon which to base such assumptions. The authors insist on the omnipresence of unexplained jargon, vague statements, farfetched metaphors and ambiguous assumptions in order to arrive at a certain point they are failing to make.
It is painfully obvious that the authors are not capable of any coherent and/or original thought and in order to fill out the 360 pages of "Urban Fortunes" they heavily rely on recycling and reusing the ideas of others, followed by an extensive 70-page bibliography and a 20-page index.
As an innocent bystander I feel cheated for losing forever the time I spent reading this text, yet I feel that much worse for the unsuspecting undergraduate college students who, according to the back cover, are required to buy this book for their classes.
On the good side, various paragraphs of the book may make for good cocktail party chatter, provided the drinks being served are not watered down.