Cities and Society / Edition 1

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This distinctive anthology contains classic and first-rate contemporary writings that have had a major impact on the field of urban studies. The expert and well-known scholars who have written these essays cover central topics that have evolved over the past 25 years.

  • Brings together 20 of the most important classic and contemporary readings on cities and society in one accessible volume
  • Offers an international focus, as well as case studies, all by leading experts in the field
  • Includes an analytical introduction by the editor
  • Provides coverage of current trends, theoretical perspectives, and policy issues
  • Features diverse topics such as space, housing, globalization, the economy, and social inequalities.
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“In Cities and Society the nation’s leading urban scholars tell us why cities are in the condition they are in, and what our options are for making them better places in which all groups can live, work, and play.” Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University

“The essays in Cities and Society provide the reader with a solid foundation in both neo-Marxist and post-modernist schools of thought. Woven together with short and smartly-written introductions, it is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the way that contemporary academic writers make sense of the urban world.” Daniel J. Monti, Jr., Boston University

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Meet the Author

Nancy Kleniewski is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bridgewater State College. She is the author of Cities, Change, and Conflict: A Political Economy of Urban Life (2001).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : contemporary issues in urban sociology 1
Pt. I Recent theoretical perspectives on cities and society 15
1 The city as a growth machine : toward a political economy of place 17
2 Urban restructuring : a critical view 28
3 Space and status 43
4 Los Angeles and the Chicago school : invitation to a debate 54
5 Modernity, post-modernity and urban culture 72
Pt. II Globalization and its impact on cities 81
6 Overview of global cities 83
7 The urban-rural interface and migration 91
8 Community, ethnicity, and urban sociology 100
9 The new urban reality 110
10 The return of the sweatshop 127
Pt. III The changing urban economy 145
11 Understanding homelessness : from global to local 147
12 Economic restructuring and redevelopment 167
13 Gentrification, cuisine, and the critical infrastructure : power and centrality downtown 183
14 Gazing on history 195
15 Neo-Bohemia : art and neighborhood redevelopment in Chicago 215
Pt. IV Urban policy choices 231
16 Chaos or community? : directions for public policy 233
17 The missing link 252
18 Fortress LA 267
19 Economic inequality and public policy : the power of place 284
20 The challenge of urban sprawl 303
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