Communities within Cities: An Urban Social Geography

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Explores contemporary urban geography using the concept of &'grave;community''. Links theoretical concepts with empirical experience. Produces an interpretation of the complex social pattern of European and North American cities through its themes of local social interaction, community interaction, sense of place, planned neighborhoods and caring communities.
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Overview

Explores contemporary urban geography using the concept of &'grave;community''. Links theoretical concepts with empirical experience. Produces an interpretation of the complex social pattern of European and North American cities through its themes of local social interaction, community interaction, sense of place, planned neighborhoods and caring communities.
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A textbook for undergraduate students of urban geography, social science, and planning. Reviews the theories, methodologies, and empirical findings that relate to the study of communities embedded in cities, focusing on British and North American research. Considers internal and external relations, service delivery, self-perceptions, and other topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470220221
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/9/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Figures
List of Tables
1 Alternative Perspectives on Community Studies 1
Alternative Approaches to Community Study 3
2 Community Studies: The Societal Context 8
Societal Types 8
Contemporary Societal Fragmentation 12
Explanations for Societal Fragmentation 17
Changing Nature of Local Communities 27
3 Areal Content and Context 33
Summarizing Community Character 35
Measuring Social Structures 38
Residential Area Change 49
Classifying Communities: The Alternative Perspectives 55
4 Interactions, Social Networks and Communities 63
Domains and Dimensions of Behaviour 63
Perspectives from Social Network Analysis 66
Neighbourhood-Dependent Groups 74
Neighbourhood Effects on Behaviour 80
5 The Social Construction of Communities: Creating and Identifying Senses of Place 86
Literature as a Source of a Sense of Place 86
Cognitive Variations 90
Perspectives from Socio-Semiotics 99
Extending the Sense of Place: Affective Dimensions 100
Applications 106
6 Community Development: The Conscious Development of Communities in Cities 110
Reasons for Community Development 110
Alternative Delivery Systems 112
Charity and Philanthropic Assistance 112
Technical Assistance 114
The Self-Help Approach 119
The Critical or Conflict Approach 123
7 Service Provision and Communities 134
Provision of Retail Goods and Services 134
Schools 138
Leisure and Social Facilities 139
Health Care Systems 143
The Caring Community 144
Crime and Policing 148
Community Associations and Actions 152
8 Physical Design and Communities 158
Origins of Community-Based Design 158
Upper-Class Segregation in Romantic Rural Suburbs 163
Model Towns and Garden Cities 165
Rival Approaches: Cities of Towers and Neighbourhood Unit Planning 167
Contemporary Design for Suburban Residential Units 173
Niche Communities 179
9 Conclusions: Understanding Community 184
Subject index 189
Name index 192
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