The story of City-life (Indian Context) Part 1

Jayasheelan.R - August 9, 2017 - Journals /

Kingsley Davis writes, “Much ink has been wasted in trying  to make sharp demarcation to tell where the city ends and country begins.

The story of City-life (Indian Context) Part – 1

Written by Jayasheelan.R

What is Urban life: it’s meaning and character?

Man originally built the city, and the city, in turn, civilised man. And Man become citizen when he become a member of a city-state.  Spengler tells us, “…All other contrasts pale before this one, which dominates all events, all habits of life, all views of the world.” “The people are the City.” — Shakespeare

Advantage and merits

1

Offers opportunity and facilities for making full use of one’s abilities and talents

2

It can make life joyful and comfortable. (Satisfy various interest: work, education, health, recreation, religions and politics.)

3

It encourages new ideas and inventions

4

It quickens social movements

5

There is less social distance

6

The City is dynamic

7

The City has liberated women

8

The City provides various means of recreation

9

The City functions as a laboratory for human genius

The city has its dark or the ugly side too.

Disadvantages or demerits:

1

The City makes life materialistic and mechanical (maximum advantage for minimum efforts

2

Secondary relations are dominant in the city (People are indifferent to one another. Lack of intimacy and privacy in the city. Individual interests prevail enormously over the collective interest.)

3

The city makes the people to become individualistic, selfish, rationalistic and calculative.

4

The city poses a challenge to family (Less balanced and more unstable. Clashes of interest of husband and wife, or brothers and sisters, and of parents and children. the rate of divorce, desertion and separation is increasing.)

5

Social control is complex and less effective in the city

6

City makes human life to become uncertain, insecure and competitive.

7

City is said to be the centre of problems of — economic, social, political, psychological and religious nature. Further economic insecurity, mental illness, gambling, prostitution, drunkenness, drug addiction, corruption, nepotism, environment pollution, crime, juvenile delinquency, dowry, violence against women, and so on.