New Urban Sociology Fourth Edition

ISBN-10: 0813344255

ISBN-13: 9780813344256

Edition: 4th 2010

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Description: Organized around an integrated paradigm-the sociospatial perspective-this breakthrough text considers the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, culture, and politics on the development of metropolitan areas. By moving beyond the traditional city/suburb dichotomy, the authorsrs" unique focus on the continuously changing nature of metropolitan regions makes the material more relevant to studentsrs" personal experiences, and the cohesive conceptual framework engages studentsrs" critical thinking skills. Fully revised throughout, this edition features expanded discussions of international regions, key concepts, and the effect of the economic crisis on housing markets, public policy, and urban development. Concise and accessible, this book offers students a brief, intelligible history of urban life from its origins to the industrial period, as well as a clear, sophisticated summary of urban social theory.

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List price: $50.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 7/27/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Mark Gottdiener lives & works in Buffalo, New York. Gottdiener is the author of several books, including "Las Vegas: The Social Production of an All-American City" & "The Theming of America: Dreams, Visions, & Commercial Spaces" & professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Preface to the Fourth Edition
The New Urban Sociology
Urban Regions
Defining the Metropolitan Region
Megacities Around the World
A New Approach to Urban Sociology
Global Capitalism and the Metropolis
Supply-Side Factors in Urban Development
The Importance of Culture in Metropolitan Life
The Sociospatial Approach
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
The Origins of Urban Life
Ancient Urbanization
Classical Cities
Urbanization After AD 1000
The Medieval Order and the Renaissance City
Capitalism and the Rise of the Industrial City
Key Concepts
Important Names
Discussion Questions
The Rise of Urban Sociology
Georg Simmel on the City
Louis Wirth Urbanism as a Way of Life
The Chicago School of Urban Sociology
From Human Ecology to Urban Ecology
Conclusion
Key Concepts
Important Names
Discussion Questions
Contemporary Urban Sociology
Political Economy and the City: Classic Approaches
The Revival of Urban Political Economy
Class Conflict Theories: Gordon, Storper, and Walker
Capital Accumulation Theory
Approaches by Urban Sociologists: The Growth Machine vs. the Sociospatial Perspective
Real Estate and Government Intervention
Semiotics and Urban Culture
The Global Economy
Summary: The Sociospatial Perspective
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
Urbanization in the United States
The Stages of Urban Growth
The Colonial Period: 1630 to 1812
The Era of Industrial Expansion: 1812 to 1920
The Rise of the Metropolis: 1920 to 1960
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
Suburbanization, Globalization, and the Emergence of the Multicentered Region
Deindustrialization and Globalization: Processes That Have Changed Both Cities and Suburbs Since the 1960s
Globalization and Uneven Development
How Deindustrialization and Globalization Affected Suburbs
Beyond Suburbia: The Emergence of the Multinucleated Region
Recent Trends in Metropolitan Regions
The Shift to the Sun Belt
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
People and Lifestyles in the Metropolis: Urban and Suburban Culture
Class Differences and Spatial Location
Women, Gender Roles, and Space
The City as a Special Place: Nightlife, Urban Culture, and Regeneration of Downtowns
Urban Culture and City Revitalization
Ethnicity and Immigration
Conclusion: Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Across the Metropolis
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
Minority Settlement Patterns, Neighborhoods, and Communities in the Multicentered Metro Region
Voluntary and Involuntary Movements of Minorities
Neighborhoods and Community
The Difference Between Neighborhood and Community
New Forms of Community
Social Networks as Communities Without Proximity
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
Metropolitan Problems: Racism, Poverty, Crime, Housing, and Fiscal Crisis
The Sociospatial Approach to Social Problems
Racism and Poverty
Increasing Income Inequality, Unemployment, and Poverty
The Housing Crisis and Society's Failure to Provide Adequate Affordable Housing
Homelessness
Crime
The Fiscal Crisis and Public Service Problems
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
Urbanization in the Developed Nations
Western Europe
Eastern Europe
Japan
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
Globalization and Urbanization in the Developing World
Changing Perspectives on Urbanization
The Demographic Transition
Primate City Development Patterns
Shantytown Development
The Informal Economy and Coping Strategies
Urban Social Movements and Politics
Patterns of Urbanization
Summary
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
Metropolitan Planning and Environmental Issues
Sprawl
A Short History of Metropolitan Planning
The Sociology of Land-Use Planning
Utopian Schemes: Howard, Le Corbusier, and Wright
Planning Critics: Jacobs and Krier
Other Trends in Planning Today
Summary of Planning Issues
Environmental Issues
Key Concepts
Important Names
Discussion Questions
Metropolitan Social Policy
The Tragedy of the Commons
Uneven Development and Policy: Redistributive Programs
Urban and Metropolitan Policy
Privatism and Issues of Social Justice
Urban Policy: The Political Debate
Regional Governance
Key Concepts
Discussion Questions
The Future of Urban Sociology
Understanding Our New Urban World
Urban Structure and Urban Culture
The Future of the City
The Future of the Urban Inquiry
Key Concepts
Important Names
Discussion Questions
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
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