From Urbanization to Cities: The Politics of Democratic Municipalism

From Urbanization to Cities: The Politics of Democratic Municipalism

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Author/Contributor(s): Bookchin, Murray ; Van Outryve d'Ydewalle, Sixtine
Publisher: AK Press
Date: 01/04/2022
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

From Urbanization to Cities is a sweeping history of the city, not as a destination for capitalist exchange and individual gratification but as a locus for directly democratic politics. Just as ecosystems rely on participation and mutualism, so must cities--and their citizens--rediscover these qualities, establishing harmonious and ethical social relations. Democratic municipalism is an emancipatory philosophy of self-determination, where politics becomes an everyday act in which ordinary people and local communities take the power of decision making into their own hands. From the Paris Commune to the Kurdish-led revolution in northeast Syria, democratic municipalism is a tool for wresting power from the nation-state, allowing capitalist urbanization to give way to humanly scaled, ecological, and egalitarian societies. åÊ