The Urban World: Eighth Edition / Edition 8

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Long the leading text in urban sociology, The Urban World continues to provide a comprehensive, balanced, up-to-date, cross-cultural look at cities and suburbs around the world. Offering a 21st century view of the changing urban scene, the text covers evolving urban patterns and the changing nature of urban life. Combining expert scholarship with a readable style that students appreciate, J. John Palen is one of America’s leading urban sociologists, who travels the world and adds new insights gleaned firsthand to each succeeding edition of his text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513381
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: 8th ed.
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,329,494
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J. John Palen is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of over a dozen books and has received the Virginia Commonwealth University Distinguished Scholar Award. He is a Distinguished Fulbright Chair and has held the Fulbright Chair in North American Studies at the University of Calgary. Palen is listed in both Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

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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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