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The Private Future: Causes and Consequences of Community Collapse in the West - Martin Pawley

Thames & Hudson, 1973, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper age-toned with a little rubbing to the edges. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “One of today’s paradoxes is that — almost without our realising it — the population at large has lost its sense of community, and, what is more, no longer sees any need for one. Politics, sport, entertainment, the electronic battlefield, all clearly demonstrate the approaching disintegration of social control over institutions. And the principal reason for this is our own indifference and complicity. Changes in technology and communications have destroyed the social utility of patriotism, community solidarity, dependent social relations of any kind. Urban communities, hospitals, schools, neighbourhoods, even families are voluntarily or involuntarily dissolving. This is the pattern of western ‘communities’: people in small houses or apartments, staying at home to watch television rather than going to public places; people in private cars rather than public transport; people migrating to follow jobs and rarely getting to know their neighbours; people leaving all the important decisions to their governments and devoting themselves to private, material satisfactions. The Private Future is a terrifying analysis of contemporary social trends. Whether the process it describes is a good or bad thing is not the main point. It is, inescapably, what the people want.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 208
ISBN: 0500011060

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