The American City: Civic Culture in Sociohistorical Perspective
October 1999, ©1999, Wiley-Blackwell
1. What Makes the Good Society?.
2. We Are a Bourgeois People Who Made an Urban World.
3. On Small Towns and Their 'Citified' Ways.
4. The Civic Culture of American Cities.
5. Belonging and Sharing.
6. Piety and Tolerance.
7. Private Lives and Public Worlds.
8. Doing Well by Doing Good.
9. Some Sort of Americans.
10. Articles of Faith: Personal Adornment as a Communal Accomplishment.
11. Private Entitlements as a Public Good.
12. Some Concluding Observations About the "Good Old Days".
"This is a very valuable addition to the literature on urbanism: a blend of sociology, political science, and history; a blend of hope and realism; of capitalism and community; of liberal and conservative perspectives. It amounts to a new ethical philosophy of urbanism by one of the few Americans qualified to write one." Roger Lotchin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Monti's wonderful book illustrates an important theme: if American cities are not Utopia, neither are they the social disaster zones portrayed by their more apocalyptic critics. Extensively researched, The American City is an extended personal reflection on America's urban experience. This appealing and highly readable book will unquestionably stimulate debate and discussion." Paul Boyer, University of Wisconsin