Sam Bass Warner, Jr., examines the historical roots of the major economic and social problems facing the U.S. in the 1990s. He documents the efforts, both failed and successful, to provide for basic human needs in the urban context, especially for decent housing and health care. For this edition, Warner provides a new preface and Charles Tilly a new foreword.
This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1972.
Sam Bass Warner, Jr., is Meyerhoff Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus, Brandeis University. The author of Province of Reason and Streetcar Suburbs, he has taught Urban History at Boston University, Washington University, and the University of Michigan. Charles Tilly is Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Center for Studies of Social Change at The New School for Social Research. Among his many books is As Sociology Meets History.
"Warner is in some ways almost unique among urban historians in the ways in which he has linked visual and cultural representations with socioeconomic analysis. The strength of The Urban Wilderness is its scope and reach and the author's willingness to take risks intellectually. This book is a work of passion and engagement."
—Margaret Marsh, author of Suburban Lives
"Compelling. . . . An important and original book, at once a lucid history and a trenchant, contemporary policy brief."
—Michael Frisch, Journal of Interdisciplinary History "One of the most important general studies in urban history yet published—an imaginative use of history to foster understanding of the troubled, urbanized society in which we live."
—Raymond A. Mohl, American Historical Review "The Urban Wilderness is not a history of American cities, but rather a discussion of the need to transform them. Warner uses history to find the origins of contemporary problems to trace their development over successive eras."
—Richard C. Wade, Journal of American History