Publisher: AK Press
Released: November 2, 2021
“Bookchin gives us a useful history and a call for action.” —New York Times.
“The foremost Green philosopher of the age.” —Independent (UK)
“Bookchin is the leading ecological thinker of our times. His work ranks alongside Lewis Mumford’s monumental works on the culture and history of cities and goes beyond.” —Kent Gerecke, University of Manitoba
In this far-reaching work, social ecologist and historian Murray Bookchin takes the reader on a voyage through the evolution of the city. Cities are not just monumental social and political facts, they are tremendous ecological facts as well. Far from seeing them as an inherent adversary of the natural world, though, Bookchin uncovers a hidden history of cities as “eco-communities” that fostered diversity and interconnection, living in balance with and awareness of nature. Just as ecosystems rely on participation and mutualism, so must cities—and their citizens—rediscover these qualities, establishing harmonious, ethical social relations as a basis for a healthy ecological relationship to the natural world.
Published for the one hundredth anniversary of Murray Bookchin’s birth, From Urbanization to Cities is the first in a series of his books that AK Press is reprinting and bringing to a new audience.
Murray Bookchin (1929–2006) was an active voice in the ecology and anarchist movements for more than forty years, and is the author of The Ecology of Freedom and Post-Scarcity Anarchism, among many other books.