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Strangers in a Strange Land : Humans in an Urbanizing World (05 Edition)

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Drawing from evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and sociology, this truly interdisciplinary study explores how the drive to find social connection has shaped the size, structure, and organization of human communities from the Stone Age to the post-industrial present. Focusing on three central factors—the physical environment, social relations at the micro level, and social organization at the macro level—Professor Massey argues that humans are genetically programmed to be physiologically, psychologically, and socially adapted to life in small groups and to organic natural environments. Despite this, most humans live in dense urban environments. "As biological organisms," Massey writes, "we are indeed strangers in a strange land."

About the Contemporary Societies Series:This series marks the coming of age of a generation and a discipline. It has been half a century since the world's leading sociologists engaged in a collective effort to make their cutting-edge thinking and research so concise and so widely accessible. What has changed in the meantime? Just about everything! Theoretical hegemony has given way to plurality. Disengagement has given way to relevance, and a provincial focus on America has opened up to the currents of globalization. Running through all these transformations has been the cultural turn, the recognition that meaning dynamics-codes, narratives, metaphors, values, and beliefs-remain central features of even the most contemporary societies. In this series, the world's leading sociologists show how these developments have transformed their specialties. They do so by engaging a genre that has almost disappeared from the social sciences today-the essay. Well-written, clear-minded, and elegant, these brief compositions are major creative endeavors in their own right, even as they bring the ideas of the world's most advanced thinkers into the world of the lay reader.

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The drive for social connection has shaped the organization of human societies from the hunting-and-gathering days to modern cities, according to Massey (sociology, Princeton). He argues that humans are innately unadapted to life in crowded artificial environments, like the Martian in Heinlein's 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land who is disoriented on Earth.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The drive for social connection has shaped the organization of human societies from the hunting-and-gathering days to modern cities, according to Massey (sociology, Princeton). He argues that humans are innately unadapted to life in crowded artificial environments, like the Martian in Heinlein's 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land who is disoriented on Earth. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Focusing on three central factors-the physical environment, social relations at the micro level, and social organization at the macro level-Professor Massey argues that humans are genetically programmed to be physiologically, psychologically, and socially adapted to life in small groups and to organic natural environments. Despite this, most humans live in dense urban environments. As biological organisms, Massey writes, we are indeed strangers in a strange land. Strangers in a Strange Land is part of the Contemporary Societies series.

Synopsis:

Focusing on three central factors'"the physical environment, social relations at the micro level, and social organization at the macro level'"Professor Massey argues that humans are genetically programmed to be physiologically, psychologically, and socially adapted to life in small groups and to organic natural environments.  Despite this, most humans live in dense urban environments.  'As biological organisms,' Massey writes, 'we are indeed strangers in a strange land.'

Strangers in a Strange Landis part of the Contemporary Societies series.

About the Author

Douglas S. Massey (Princeton University) is the author of many books including most recently Return of the "L" Word: A Liberal Vision of the New Century, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Age of Economic Integration, and Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America's Selective Colleges and Universities. His research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Past-President of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393927276
Author:
Massey, Douglas S.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Editor:
Alexander, Jeffrey
Author:
Alexander, Jeffrey
Author:
Massey, Douglas
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Urbanization -- History.
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Series:
Contemporary Societies Series
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
21.08 x 13.97 x 2.29 mm 0.43 kg

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"Synopsis" by , Focusing on three central factors-the physical environment, social relations at the micro level, and social organization at the macro level-Professor Massey argues that humans are genetically programmed to be physiologically, psychologically, and socially adapted to life in small groups and to organic natural environments. Despite this, most humans live in dense urban environments. As biological organisms, Massey writes, we are indeed strangers in a strange land. Strangers in a Strange Land is part of the Contemporary Societies series.
"Synopsis" by , Focusing on three central factors'"the physical environment, social relations at the micro level, and social organization at the macro level'"Professor Massey argues that humans are genetically programmed to be physiologically, psychologically, and socially adapted to life in small groups and to organic natural environments.  Despite this, most humans live in dense urban environments.  'As biological organisms,' Massey writes, 'we are indeed strangers in a strange land.'

Strangers in a Strange Landis part of the Contemporary Societies series.
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