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The Urban World the leading text in urban sociology. Through six editions the book has presented a complete,balanced,up-to-date,cross-cultural look at cities and suburbs around the world. It offers a coherent overview of the changing urban scene,covering evolving urban patterns and the changing nature of urban life. The Urban World combines current scholarship,by one of America's leading urban sociologists,with a readable style that students appreciate.
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"The Urban World is clearly better than competing books. It does an effective job exposing students to the basic tenets of urban politics, history, economics, and geography, and helps prepare them for deeper deliberation and research. I will adopt. It is the only book appropriate for my Introduction to Urban Studies course."—Cara Robinson, Tennessee State University

" Palen presents the material clearly and concisely, and does a nice job of presenting a variety of concepts and competing analytical frameworks. I have looked at other books but have not found any that are as good as The Urban World."—Robert Kerstein, University of Tampa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199946044
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. John Palen is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Table of Contents

List of Special Sections
About the Author
Pt. 1 Focus and Development 1
1 The Urban World 2
2 Emergence of Cities 20
Pt. 2 American Urbanization 61
3 The Rise of Urban America 62
4 Structure and Organization of American Cities 89
5 Urban Political Economy 109
6 Metropolitan and Edge-City Growth 129
Pt. 3 Urban and Suburban Life 155
7 City Life-Styles 156
8 Social Environment of the City: Strangers, Neighbors, Crowding, Crime, and Homelessness 177
9 Changing Suburbanization Patterns 197
10 Ethnic Diversity: Ethnics, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans 232
11 Women in Metropolitan Life 268
Pt. 4 Problems, Housing, and Planning 295
12 The Question of Urban Crisis 296
13 Housing and the Community 316
14 Planning in the United States and Elsewhere 335
Pt. 5 Worldwide Urbanization 371
15 Less-Developed Countries 372
16 Asian Urban Patterns 388
17 African and Middle Eastern Urbanization 417
18 Urbanization in Latin America 444
Pt. 6 Conclusion 465
19 Toward the Urban Future 466
Bibliography 487
Name Index 517
Subject Index 524
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