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Praise for the 5th edition:
“An indispensable textbook for an urban sociology course with students from multiple disciplines. Exemplary in its combination of accessibility, coverage, and theoretical sophistication, The New Urban Sociology conveys rather complex notions at the intersection of economics, politics, and culture with admirable lucidity.”
—Gabriel Santos, Lynchburg College

Widely recognized as a groundbreaking text, The New Urban Sociology is a broad and expert introduction to urban sociology that is both relevant and accessible to the student. A thought leader in the field, the book is organized around an integrated paradigm—the sociospatial perspective—which considers the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, culture, and politics on the development of metropolitan areas. Emphasizing the importance of space to social life and real estate to urban development, the book integrates social, ecological and political economy perspectives and research through a fresh theoretical approach. With its unique perspective, concise history of urban life, clear summary of urban social theory, and attention to the impact of culture on urban development, this book gives students a cohesive conceptual framework for understanding cities and urban life.

In this thoroughly revised 5th edition, authors Mark Gottdiener, Ray Hutchison, and Michael T. Ryan offer expanded discussions of created cultures, gentrification, and urban tourism, and have incorporated the most recent work in the field throughout the text. The New Urban Sociology is a necessity for all courses on the subject.

Mark Gottdiener is professor of sociology at SUNY-Buffalo and the author of numerous books, including The Theming of America; Las Vegas: The Social Production of an All-American City; New Forms of Consumption: Consumer, Culture, and Commodification; Postmodern Semiotics; and The Social Production of Urban Space. He is the 2010 recipient of the Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Distinguished Career Achievement from the American Sociological Association.

Ray Hutchison is professor of sociology and chair of urban and regional studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is series editor of Research in Urban Sociology and senior editor of the forthcoming three-volume Encyclopedia of Urban Studies.

Michael T. Ryan is a retired Professor of Sociology and is currently practicing the right to be lazy. He has five entries in Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Sociology, four entries in Blackwell's The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology, and one entry each in Sage's Encyclopedia of Urban Studies and Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The New Urban Sociology shows students that there are different ways of understanding cities, such as the structural conditions and larger forces behind how urban problems and inequalities arise. Most texts on urban sociology provide definitions on the basic vocabulary that scholars of cities use, a potted history of the field, and examples of research in chapters themed on key topics in the discipline. The New Urban Sociology goes beyond this standard to put forth a novel ‘sociospatial’ approach to understanding cities and metropolitan regions. Drawing from a broad array of research on cities from around the world, they offer a clear, space-based perspective and hold it up against several other urban theories in an engaging manner that will bring students into the conversation of city growth and life from the outset."
Richard E. Ocejo, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

"An indispensable textbook for an urban sociology course with students from multiple disciplines. Exemplary in its combination of accessibility, coverage, and theoretical sophistication, The New Urban Sociology conveys rather complex notions at the intersection of economics, politics, and culture with admirable lucidity."
Gabriel Santos, Lynchburg College

"A good starting point for students… it presents key urban concepts in a way that is accessible without ‘dumbing down’ the material."
Amy Donley, University of Central Florida

"An overall great read…"
Antwan Jones, The George Washington University

Praise for previous editions:

"This edition of Gottdiener's and Hutchison's The New Urban Sociology reviews recent developments in urban and metropolitan development, and examines changes in the social, political and cultural dimensions of cities through a sociospatial lens. It will be of interest to sociologists but also to students in urban studies, public health, social welfare and public policy."
Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Urban Public Health, Hunter College/City University of New York

"The New Urban Sociology offers a very well balanced overview of historical and contemporary research in the entire field and appropriately situates the multinucleated metropolitan region and its multifaceted culture in the increasingly globalized urban world."
Min Zhou, Professor of Sociology and Founding Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles

"The New Urban Sociology is the ideal book to include in an upper level undergraduate or graduate level urban studies or history course, or any course requiring a good foundation in the study of cities. It is intelligently written, offers a sweeping overview of the history of cities (with an especially expansive section on the United States), and is accompanied by tables and figures that are nicely designed, integrate well conceptually, and add much to the narrative. Furthermore, it has one of the most accessible summaries of urban social theory that I have found, making the concepts of Harvey, Lefebvre, Castells, Scott, and others intelligible to students so that they can move on to the more difficult original texts if they so desire. Finally—and highly unusual in most textbooks—The New Urban Sociology integrates abundant citations of the sociological and historical literature into its analytical discussion, a feature that, accompanied by the ending Bibliography, makes the book a valuable research source that students are likely to turn to for many years."
Wendy Plotkin, H-Urban Editor, Arizona State University

"Gottdiener and Hutchison's outstanding textbook represents a broad, accessible and expert introduction to one of the most exciting research fields in the contemporary social sciences. It is lucidly written, coherently organized and impressively wide-ranging in its coverage of the most essential issues in the vast, interdisciplinary field of urban studies. The book contains a brilliant synthesis of the major approaches to urban theory, a valuable overview of the global history of capitalist urbanization and a wide-ranging analysis of diverse aspects of contemporary urban transformations, both in North America and beyond. In so doing, the authors effectively demonstrate how the new urban sociology can illuminate the key economic, social, political, cultural and environmental dynamics that underpin the production of urban space, as well as various social crises, political struggles and policy dilemmas that are rippling through major cities around the world. I would enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone concerned to understand the contemporary metropolitan condition."
Neil Brenner, Associate Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343181
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2006
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Mark Gottdiener is professor of sociology at SUNY-Buffalo and the author of numerous books, including The Theming of America; Las Vegas: The Social Production of an All-American City; New Forms of Consumption: Consumer, Culture, and Commodification; Postmodern Semiotics; and The Social Production of Urban Space. He is the 2010 recipient of the Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Distinguished Career Achievement from the American Sociological Association.

Ray Hutchison is professor of sociology and chair of urban and regional studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is series editor of Research in Urban Sociology and senior editor of the forthcoming three-volume Encyclopedia of Urban Studies.

Michael T. Ryan is a retired Professor of Sociology and is currently practicing the right to be lazy. He has five entries in Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Sociology, four entries in Blackwell's The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology, and one entry each in Sage's Encyclopedia of Urban Studies and Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies.

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Table of Contents


Dedication/Acknowledgements
Preface

Chapter 1
The New Urban Sociology

Chapter 2
The Origins of Urban Life

Chapter 3
The Rise of Urban Sociology

Chapter 4
Contemporary Urban Sociology

Chapter 5
Urbanization in the United States

Chapter 6
Suburbanization, Globalization, and the Emergence of the Multicentered Region

Chapter 7
People and Lifestyles in the Metropolis

Chapter 8
Neighborhoods and Communities

Chapter 9
Metropolitan Problems: Racism, Poverty, Crime, Housing, and Fiscal Crisis

Chapter 10
Urbanization in the Developed Nations

Chapter 11
Urbanization in the Developing World

Chapter 12
Metropolitan Planning and Environmental Issues

Chapter 13
Metropolitan Social Policy

Chapter 14
The Future of Urban Sociology

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