Civil Society and the Urban Fabric

In a civil society the individual sub-ordinates his or her immediate needs to the common good by recognising that the benefits so provided exceed the advantages the individual might obtain for the self-alone. Hence a well ordered urban environment is of greater benefit than seeking individual advantages at all times. Civic Values apply to individuals, institutions and countries.

How values are formed and accepted:

  • Cultural values of the society and peer pressure to conform
  • Opinion-formers promote aims
  • Legal compliance

Once these are in place and show clear benefits the basic tenets become the norm. But rebellion against the self-enforced conventions of civic values can become a stricture on individual expression. Hence spraying graffiti by the young and the disaffected.

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