Autokind Vs. Mankind
Author: Kenneth R. Schneider
An automotive empire controls the forms of our cities and therefore dominates the lives of people. Automobility limits citizenship, depriving the poor, elderly, children, and handicapped of the most ordinary human rights. Using contemporary sources, Kenneth Schneider traces the rise of the automobile from "the toy of the rich" to "the necessity of the poor," and "the deprivation of all." He stresses the irony of how early automobile enthusiasm resulted in today's harsh auto-dominated realities: cities converted from human to automotive scale, the loss of urban open space to consumptive suburban sprawl, the billions of hours lost in traffic congestion annually, a greater human loss of life to accidents than from all America's wars, the promoted consumption of declining fuel and other resources. Human values and the content of civilization are rocked asunder by commandments to increase exclusive automobile travel. Whereas the basic value of city life derives from minimizing the need to travel, cities today are stretched to demand ever more travel in misshaped human environments that ironically promote a negative result of economic growth. But human beings are resilient and do learn. They can reverse course and build vibrant environments in the image of their own scale, visions, and values. Autokind Vs. Mankind aims at that potential.
Looks at the impact of the automobile on American folkways
Author: Jacques Lévy
The spread of urbanization has transformed the concept of the city, but the way urban planners, urban scientists and, above all, urban dwellers address it has also changed, probably even more so. The city is thus a new topic for geography, a discipline that has experienced an ambiguous relationship to cities in the past. What kind of geography is required in order to bring fresh insight to this renewed field? Drawing together a wide range of texts from philosophers, sociologists and economist as well as geographers and urban planners, this volume provides a theoretical framework within which this question can begin to be explored.
Killer on the Road
Author: Ginger Strand
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Looks at the correlation between the construction of the Interstate Highway system and the rise in the national murder rate, highlighting specific killers and how the highway system changed America.
Cities around the globe struggle to create better and more equitable access to important destinations and services, all the while reducing the energy consumption and environmental impacts of mobility. An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation illustrates a new planning paradigm for sustainable transportation through case studies from around the world with hundreds of valuable resources and references, color photos, graphics and tables. The second edition builds and expands upon the highly acclaimed first edition, with new chapters on urban design and urban, regional and intercity public transportation, as well as expanded chapters on automobile dependence and equity issues; automobile cities and the car culture; the history of sustainable and unsustainable transportation; the interrelatedness of technologies, infrastructure energy and functionalities; and public policy and public participation and exemplary places, people and programs around the globe. Among the many valuable additions are discussions of autonomous vehicles (AVs), electric vehicles (EVs), airport cities, urban fabrics, urban heat island effects and mobility as a service (MaaS). New case studies show global exemplars of sustainable transportation, including several from Asia, a case study of participative and deliberative public involvement, as well as one describing life in the Vauban ecologically planned community of Freiburg, Germany. Students in affiliated sustainability disciplines, planners, policymakers and concerned citizens will find many provides practical techniques to innovate and transform transportation.
The Altruistic Imagination
Author: John H. Ehrenreich
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Social work and social policy in the United States have always had a complex and troubled relationship. In The Altruistic Imagination, John H. Ehrenreich offers a critical interpretation of their intertwined histories, seeking to understand the problems that face these two vital institutions in American society. Ehrenreich demonstrates that the emphasis of social work has always vacillated between individual treatment and social reform. Tracing this ever-changing focus from the Progressive Era, through the development of the welfare state, the New Deal, and the affluent 1950s and 1960s, into the administration of Ronald Reagan, he places the evolution of social work in the context of political, cultural, and ideological trends, noting the paradoxes inherent in the attempt to provide essential services and reflect at the same time the intentions of the state. He concludes by examining the turning point faced by the social work profession in the 1980s, indicated by a return to casework and a withdrawal from social policy concerns.
In an age where there are 140 million registered automobiles in the United States, the author of Zen Driving explores the car-driver phenomenon and discusses urban air pollution and other issues.
The Runaway Economy
Author: Kenneth Schneider
After centuries of accelerating growth, the economy continues to be promoted for endless growth when the effects increasingly become economically counterproductive, ecologically devastating, and socially generated crises. Yet society, Kenneth Schneider demonstrates poignantly, continues to seek blind, endless, and reckless growth-leaving in waste vast human possibilities not attainable through personal expenditures. Once the standard of living reaches affluence, continued growth becomes increasingly destructive and economically suicidal, confining the human career to productions and wastefully generated consumption. As it expands, the economy increases its control over society, dominating urban form, education, the media, and social imagination. Rather than freeing people, the increased economic wealth offers vast promotional for business to control human behavior-note that advertising multiplied forty-fold from 1950 to 2000. Schneider stresses how society must fundamentally redirect human thought and economic power to fulfill specific social purposes that constitutes human progress.
The Unsteady State
Author: Kenneth E. F. Watt
Publisher: Honolulu : Published for the East-West Center by the University Press of Hawaii
Envirionmental problems and quality of life; Cultural dimensions of environmental problems; Ecosystem and economic system balance; Basic human neads problems of poverty affluence and inequity; The internationships: technology, culture, and the environment; Appendix to capther 5; The control of information about the environment; An option for a new environmental orderbibliography; Index.
Author: Eugene Clute, Russell Fenimore Whitehead, Kenneth Reid, Elizabeth L. Cleaver
Author: Steven J. Nadis, Laura Ost
Publisher: Beacon Press (MA)
Addresses the impact of automobile pollution on the Earth's resources and examines strategies to alleviate the problem.