The Private Future: Causes and Consequences of Community Collapse in the West by Martin Pawley lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Thames & Hudson, 1973, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: One of todays 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.
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.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
208 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Sociology category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…