The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective / Edition 1

The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective / Edition 1

by Anthony M. Orum, Xiangming Chen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631210261

ISBN-13: 9780631210269

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Wiley

The World of Cities is a concise theoretical and empirical introduction to urban sociology. In clear and engaging terms, the book surveys and critiques all the major theoretical perspectives in urban studies. It examines the meanings of place and space, and applies these concepts to contemporary cities, communities, and neighborhoods. It then reviews the history of

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The World of Cities is a concise theoretical and empirical introduction to urban sociology. In clear and engaging terms, the book surveys and critiques all the major theoretical perspectives in urban studies. It examines the meanings of place and space, and applies these concepts to contemporary cities, communities, and neighborhoods. It then reviews the history of city-building in the United States from the late 18th century to the present time. Next it examines the impact of global economic and cultural forces on contemporary local places and city life in a comparative context, with illustrative examples and evidence from the United States and China. The final section discusses the current efforts of metropolitan leaders to improve cities and maintain the civic culture of a community. For the student of urban sociology and urban studies in general, this textbook is an ideal overview and synthesis of a fascinating and ever-changing field

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631210269
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
21st Century Sociology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvi
Prefaceviii
Acknowledgmentsxii
1Cities and Places1
2Social Theory and the City27
3Social Inequalities and the Creation of Metropolitan Space64
4Place Change and Continuity: The City in Global and Comparative Contexts95
5From a Critical Sociology to a Reconstructive Sociology of Cities140
Glossary164
Index172

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