Urbanization : forsaken, not forgotten

 

A constellation of abandoned farmhouses are scattered unremittingly across the barren land of the Icelandic countryside, where the impoverished stretch of arid terrain has forced families to forsaken their homes. they are not alone. Half of the world's population lives in cities today, a unprecedented movement sure to continue and intensify in the decades to come. The phenomenon of urbanization has been closely linked to modernization, industrialization, and the sociological process of rationalization. Urbanization can be seen as a specific condition at a set time or as an increase in that condition over time. Further, it is not merely a modern phenomenon, but a rapid and historic transformation of human social roots on a global scale, whereby predominantly rural culture is being rapidly replaced by an urban culture characterized by distant bloodlines, unfamiliar relations, and competitive behavior.