File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2000/bhaskar.0002, message 35

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 13:43:58 +0100
Subject: BHA: How is New York Today-  fate of [Social Science]?

Dear Listers

In New York a  10,000 almshouse was opened in 1797, and in 1880 the state
legislature voted almost $ 500, 000 for poor relief. By  1817, 15'000
people- or one-seventh of the city's population in New York- were in
recipient of public or private charity during the year. (Jon Duff A history
of Public Health In New York 1625- 1866 New York, 1968) p. 261.

I asked a friend who has been in New York, what the situation was there to
explain to me the situation and the origins of welfare system. I myself had
never been in New York., therefore his attempt to explain to me facts, I
must concede, was a futile exercise.

He instead decided to give a me a video tape with a documentary film of New
York in 1920's and another video tape of a documentary film done by the
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) about cities, featuring New York in
year 2000.  

I had read about New York, even in my geography classes as an example of
development strategy and urban organisation and planning. Being an African
coming from a small village now in a city and at the same time touched by
western education, I could not imagine my thought and mind structure about
the concept progress and development has been was  terribly configured in
uncritical manner.

I must write to my parliament to rethink the urbanisation project.

back to work.

In fact if what I saw as is what was tough the entire field of demographic
science and urban science will be questioned, and whether urbanisation
itself is part of the intransitive or transitive dimension. 



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