in The Public City

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520230019
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927469 | DOI:

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the political construction of urban life in San Francisco, California during the period from 1850 to 1900. It suggests that the new political culture of the Progressive Era revolved around the political claims of social groups and their needs, and provided the practical example of political life from which the social-group paradigm of modern social science was drawn. The chapter demonstrates the autonomous historical role of the public sphere in the fifty years' urban history of San Francisco and argues that emergent political culture established elaborate conceptual barriers which thwarted scholars of the twentieth century from fully understanding the political conception of society that preceded it.

Keywords: urban life; San Francisco; California; political culture; Progressive Era; political life; social groups; public sphere

Chapter.  4217 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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