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Being Urban A Sociology of City Life

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ISBN-10: 0275932923

ISBN-13: 9780275932923

Edition: 2nd 1991 (Revised)

Authors: David A. Karp, Gregory P. Stone, William C. Yoels

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Being Urban examines the dynamic interplay between what theoretical perceptions tell us about urban life and how ordinary people interpret and respond to the actual experience of living in cities. A major focus of inquiry is the strategies people use to create "community" in an environment where, many theorists believe, only alienation and progressive disintegration are possible. In the second edition of this important work, the authors have expanded their commitment to interdisciplinary perspectives and have also included chapters on significant topics that have been largely neglected in urban sociology. Part I provides a review of the themes of urban sociology developed by nineteenth-century classic theorists and early American social scientists. In Part II, the authors look at selected aspects of everyday city life, including the bases of community, the primacy of social interaction for an understanding of urban life, and conditions that produce the breakdown of urban tolerance for diversity of cultures and lifestyles. A new chapter in Part II studies women's experiences in cities. Part III explores institutional structures of urban life and broad patterns of cultural change. A fascinating chapter focuses on power, stratification, and class structure in cities, while a new chapter analyzes the role of sports in urban life. The final chapter discusses city life in the postindustrial era, and the demographic, cultural, and historical factors that lie behind the ongoing transformation of American cities. This new edition offers a balanced treatment that avoids the anti-urban bias characteristic of much that has been written on the subject. Being Urban is appropriate for professionals and academics concerned with urban life, as well as for courses in urban sociology.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 6/30/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

David A. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Boston College, and the author of Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness and The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope with Mental Illness.

Preface to the Second Edition Issues and Perspectives in Urban Sociology Classical Conceptions of Urban Life Classical Observations of Urban Life Experiencing City Life
The Rediscovery of Community
The Social Organization of Everyday City Life Lifestyle Diversity and Urban Tolerance Women in Cities
The Absence of a Presence Urban Institutions and Social Change Power, Politics, and Problems Sports and Urban Life Urbanism, Suburbanism, and Cultural Change
References
Index