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This text discusses the importance of cities for the economic, cultural, and political life of modern societies. The author consistently uses the political economy perspective to introduce students to the basic concepts and research in urban sociology, while also acknowledging the contributions of the human ecology perspective. Through the use of case studies, the presentation remains accessible and down-to-earth.
Preface. Part One: Thinking About Cities. 1. Examining Urban Issues. Attitudes About Cities. Box 1.1 The City as a Magnet for Youth. Some Urban Myths. Political Economy Perspective. Cities, Change, and Conflict: Three Applications. The Forbidden City Within Los Angeles. Criminalizing Homelessness. Box 1.2 Project HOME's Campaign against Homelessness. Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice. Box 1.3 Environmental Justice in Chicago. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. About Using the Internet for Research. Tips for Searching on the Internet. Evaluating Information on the Web. Citing Electronic Sources. Government Sources. Online Exercises. 2. Theoretical Perspectives on the City. Theories and Paradigms. Urban Ecology Paradigm. Antecedents: Tonnies, Durkheim, Simmel. The Chicago School. Contributions and Critique. Political Economy Paradigm. Antecedents: Marx, Engels, and Weber. Emergence of Urban Political Economy. Promise and Limitations of Political Economy. Box 2.1 Perspectives on Urban Ghettos. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. Part Two: The Changing City: Historical and Comparative Perspectives. 3. Cities in World History. Origins of Cities. Early Urban Centers. What Makes Them Cities? Ancient Cities, 1000 B.C. to A.D. 300. Physical Features of Ancient Cities. Social Patterns in Ancient Cities. Cities Outside of Europe. Cities of the Near East. Box 3.1 Islamic Cities. Cities of the Far East. Box 3.2 Chinese Cities of the Chou Dynasty. Cities of the Americas. Box 3.3 City Planning in Teotihuacán. Medieval Cities in Europe. Feudalism and the Growth of Towns. Social Institutions. Pressures on the System. Growth of Capitalism and the Industrial City. Cities Built on Trade. World-Economy. Early Industrial Cities. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 4. Urban Development in the United States. A Brief History of Cities of the United States. The Commercial City. The Industrial City. The Corporate City. Explaining Urban Patterns. Ecological Explanations. Political Economic Explanations. Process of Urban Growth and Change. City Builders: Property Capitalists. Local Government Officials. Corporations. Regional Differences in Growth and Development. The South. New England. California. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 5. Cities, Suburbs, and Metropolitan Areas. Changes in Metropolitan Areas Since 1950. Growth of Suburbs and Metropolitan Areas. Policy Choices by the Federal Government. Local Political Choices: To Annex of Not to Annex? Corporate Decisions: New Industrial Spaces. Social Consequences of Suburbanization. Restructuring the Central Cities. Transformation of the Central Business Districts. Social Transformation of the Cities. Box 5.1 The Process of Gentrification in New York's East Village. Box 5.2 Restructuring of the Metropolitan Los Angeles Economy. Explaining Urban Transformations. The United States in the World Economy. Government Responses to Economic Changes. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 6. Cities in Europe. Cities in Western Europe. Box 6.1 Super Cities. Comparisons with North American Cities. Factors Affecting Western European Cities. Emerging Problems in Western European Cities. Immigration. Socially Excluded Groups. Cities in Eastern and Central Europe. Urban Planning. Box 6.2 Planning for Moscow as a Communist Mecca. Box 6.3 The International Scene in Prague. Housing. Economic Restructuring. Environmental Challenges. Globalization and Global Cities. The Process of Globalization. Globalization and Politics. Global Cities. Characteristics of Global Cities. Similarities among Global Cities. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 7. Cities in the Third World. Characteristics of Third World Cities. Urban Population Trends. Box 7.1 The Urban-Rural Gap. Economic and Political Trends. Box 7.2 The Informal Sector in Calcutta. Box 7.3 Mexico City. Explaining the Diverging Paths of Urban Development. Development Perspective. Uneven Development Perspectives. Box 7.4 The Banana Industry and the Honduran Economy. Box 7.5 Caribbean Sweatshops. Future Development of Third World Cities. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. Part Three: Change and Conflict: Urban Social Groups. 8. Immigrants and the City. Old and New Immigration. Three Waves of Immigration. Reactions to Newcomers. Economics of Immigration. U.S. Immigrations Policy. Contemporary Immigrant Lifestyles. Ethnic Identification and Group Solidarity. Box 8.1 The Méndez Children. Ethnic Neighborhoods and Ethnic Enclaves. Immigrants in the Workplace. Immigrants and Politics. Do Cities Gain or Lose from Immigration? Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 9. African Americans in Cities. Development of African-American Neighborhoods. Urban Race Relations Before the Great Migration. Box 9.1 Race Relations in Philadelphia Before 1900. The Great Migration. Whites and Segregation. Enclave or Ghetto? Current Racial Patterns in Metropolitan Areas. Institutional Barriers to Housing Choice. Correlates and Consequences of Racial Segregation. Suburban Movement. Social Class Patterns in African-American Neighborhoods. Changing Class Structure. Racial Concentration and Political Power. Box 9.2 Geography of Race and Social Class in Detroit. Current Issues Around Race and Residential Patterns. Government Policy. Attitudes About Racial Homogeneity. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 10. Changing Social Class Patterns. What Is a Social Class? Social Class and Communities. Mapping Studies: Pictures of the Whole City. Descriptions of Urban Life: Community Studies. Box 10.1 Creation of an Elite Neighborhood. Box 10.2 Dismantling of a Working Class Community. Summary. Mechanisms for Sorting Out the Social Classes. Housing Market. Institutional Actors and Influences. Labor Market. The Changing Economy and the Shrinking Middle Class. Housing Patterns: A Reflection of Social Inequality. Withdrawal of the Affluent. Displacement of the Vulnerable. Homelessness: The Bottom of the Barrel. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 11. Women in Cities. Women's Spaces, Men's Spaces. Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Class in the City. Gendered Urban Spaces. Contemporary Workplaces. Transportation. Community Organizations. Box 11.1 Women as Community Activists. Recreation. Consumption. Running Cities As If Women Mattered. What Do Women Want? User-Friendly Communities. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. Part Four: Change and Conflict: Urban Social Institutions. 12. Urban Economic Development. The Changing Economy. Impact on Local Economic Bases. Jobs of the Future. Growth of the Informal Economy. The Arts and the Urban Economy. Box 12.1 Culture as Business. Urban Economic Development Policy. Privatism and the Local Economy. Progressive Policies for Local Economic Development. Box 12.2 Investing in Human Capital. Politics of Economic Development Programs. Conclusion. Box 12.3 The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 13. Local Government and Finances. Government and Political Power. Municipal Control, Political Machines, and Reforms. Box 13.1 Machine Politics in the Industrial Era. Studies of Political Power. Recent Directions in the Study of Local Government. Financing Local Government. Fiscal Crises. Lessons from the Fiscal Crisis. Urban Politics and Urban Reform. Box 13.2 The Progressive Agenda for Chicago. Regionalism and Metropolitan Government. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 14. Federal Urban Policy. Implicit Urban Policy. Emergence of Urban Policy. Public Housing. Urban Renewal. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Summary: Efforts to Direct Urban Policy from Washington. Transformation of Urban Policy. New Federalism. Retreat from Urban Policy. Reinventing Urban Policy. Politics and Urban Policy. Why Is the United States Different? Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. 15. Urban Unrest and Social Control. How Orderly Is Society? Theories Stressing Order. Theories Stressing Conflict. Some Types of Urban Unrest. Crime. Gang Activity. Box 15.1 Gang Recruitment. Riots. Social Movements. Box 15.2 Redlining and Reinvestment. Causes of Urban Disruptions. Approaches to Reducing Urban Disruptions. Informal Social Control. Formal Social Control. Strategic Reinvestment. Conclusion. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. Part Five: Conclusion. 16. Planning for the Future of Cities. Urban Planning in History. Defense. Commerce. Political Power. Urban Planning: The View from the Ground. Imaging the City. The Social Life of the Street. Urban Planning: Visions and Realities. Utopian Visions. Planning Realities in the United States. The Vision Implemented. Planning and Politics. Social Justice and the City. Discussion Questions. Online Exercises. Glossary. References. Index.
Posted May 20, 2002
I had this book for class. It was expensive, some of the info. was interesting but I would say that professors could do better in finding a book that cost less and said more. I felt the book gave an over view rather than a greater in depth understanding of cultural, social and structural change in the city.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.