Kleniewski s 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 I: THINKING ABOUT CITIES. 1. Examining Urban Issues. 2. Theoretical Perspectives on the City. PART II: THE CHANGING CITY: HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES. 3. Cities in World History. 4. Cities in the World Today. 5. Cities in U. S. History. 6. Cities, Suburbs, and Metropolitan Areas. PART III: CHANGE AND CONFLICT: URBAN CONFLICT: URBAN SOCIAL GROUPS. 7. Immigrants and the City. 8. African Americans and the City. 9. Social Classes and the City. 10. Women and the City. PART IV: CHANGE AND CONFLICT: URBAN SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 11. The Urban Economy. 12. Urban Government. 13. Federal Urban Policy. 14. Urban Unrest and Social Control. PART V: CONCLUSION. 15. The Future of Cities and Cities of the Future.