cities – where we go to see the future

fragments of the city

below, larionov, rain


key takeaways:

  • cities are thought of as places of stability, but are a place of change. values, people, lifestyle are often different than trends elsewhere in the USA
  • the street as a project. the city as a memory in image and fantasy of itself. a place of choice and also a place of last resort


cities have been forced to play politics from a weak position

neo primitivism, neo tribialism, schools of art and politics suggesting that human beings have evolved to live in a tribal, as opposed to a modern, society, and thus cannot achieve genuine happiness until some semblance of tribal lifestyles has been re-created or re-embraced.

Neotribalist ideology is rooted in the social philosophies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and William Kingdon Clifford, who spoke of a “tribal self” thwarted by modern society. The Evolutionary Principle of anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, which states that a species removed from the environment in which it evolved will become pathological, has been cited by Neotribalists as providing a scientific basis for their beliefs.

Certain aspects of industrial and post-industrial life, including the necessity of living in a society of strangers and interacting with organizations that have memberships far above Dunbar’s number are cited as inherently detrimental to the human mind as it has evolved. In a 1985 paper, “Psychology, Ideology, Utopia, & the Commons,” psychologist Dennis Fox proposed a number around 150 people. Recently some supporters of neo-Tribalism have put forth the argument that their ideas have been scientifically proven by the discipline of evolutionary psychology. This claim has been highly disputed, however.

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One Response to “cities – where we go to see the future”

  1. Meeting point « Adisababa’s Weblog Says:

    […] previous post i claimed the city is where you go to see the future. well you can go to the city to see the past, […]

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