the metropolis and mental life
- analyzes individual life in the context of modern, metropolitan life, of social forces and
structures of urban life with those of traditional rural, small town settings.
- metropolis is a location for social life where the larger structures, forms of contact and
forces such as money economy threaten ‘the individuality and autonomy’ of individual.
- each of these differs from traditional settings, leaving individuals more depen-
dent on others, and more subject to impersonal exchange values.
- metropolis is also a site where personal freedom and flexibility can expand, so individ-
uals are less constrained by the limiting, closed traditional social forms, such as commu-
- also believes that prejudice can be eliminated and there could be greater free-
dom for individual actions and thoughts, and greater possibility of social mobili-
- at the same time, simmel believes that it is important that individual “particularity
and incomparability” is expressed in the working out of a way of so