Private Pleasure, Public Plight: Urban Development, Suburban Sprawl, and the Decline of Community

Private Pleasure, Public Plight: Urban Development, Suburban Sprawl, and the Decline of Community

by David Popenoe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765807084

ISBN-13: 9780765807083

Pub. Date: 07/11/2001

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

This is a social and cultural analysis of community life in metropolitan areas of three nations—the United States, Sweden, and England. The author focuses on how environment and culture interact to shape human behavior. Despite their many similarities, the three societies offer remarkably contrasting urban forms, and thus provide a unique opportunity for

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This is a social and cultural analysis of community life in metropolitan areas of three nations—the United States, Sweden, and England. The author focuses on how environment and culture interact to shape human behavior. Despite their many similarities, the three societies offer remarkably contrasting urban forms, and thus provide a unique opportunity for comparative research. The findings suggest goals for urban community development in America that can help regain a sense of human scale and establish more meaningful face-to-face contact among urban dwellers.

David Popenoe is professor of sociology at Rutgers University. He has had visiting appointments in the Centre for Environment Studies (London), the University of Stockholm, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Among his other books are: Distributing the Nest: Family Change and Decline in Modern Societies; The Suburban Environment: Sweden and the United States; Neighborhood, City and Metropolis; The Urban Industrial Frontier and a basic text on sociology that will soon appear in its seventh edition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765807083
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
07/11/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2000 Edition
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IHistory9
The Rural to Urban Transition11
The Path to Metropolitan Life23
Pt. IIForm39
The Metropolitan Setting: A Portrait of Three Metropolitan Areas41
Explaining the Dissimilarities of Metropolitan Form55
Pt. IIILife73
Everyday Life in the Metropolitan Area75
The Structure of the Metropolitan Community93
Pt. IVChange109
The Metropolitan Community and the Privatization of Life111
Changing the Metropolitan Community in the United States143
Index159

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