Edward W. Soja Quote

Posted: November 18, 2013 in History/Philosophy, Society

“To be urbanized still means to adhere, to be made an adherent, a believer in a specified collective ideology rooted in extensions of polis (politics, policy, polity, police) and civitas (civil, civic, citizen, civilian, civilization). In contrast, the population beyond the reach of the urban is comprised of idiotes, from the Greek root idios, meaning ‘one’s own, a private person’, unlearned in the ways of the polis (a root akin to the Latin sui ‘of it’s own kind’, with generis ‘constituting a class alone’). Thus, to speak of the idiocy of rural life or the urbanity of its opposition is primarily a statement of relative poitical socizaliation and spacialization, of the degree of adherence/separation in the collective social order, a social order hingeing on urban nodality.” – Edward W. Soja – Postmodern Geographies The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory p. 235.

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