A core text for courses in Urban Sociology or Urban Studies found in departments of Sociology, Anthropology, or Urban Studies.
Globalization has changed the roles of cities in the global economy; this text begins with an introduction to the phenomenon of globalization, and how the changes it has brought about have affected the social, political, and economic institutions of societies in both the developed and less-developed worlds. The second section of the text concentrates on the psychology of the city and the community-building process; the book's third section illustrates the city's structure and patterns. Finally, the author concentrates on urban problems and solutions to them. These chapters allow students to understand how we cope in today's world and why we live our lives the way we do within our communities, making urban sociology a relevant and interesting subject necessary to study.
(NOTE: Most chapters contain an Introduction and/or a Summary. ) 1. Why Study the City?
Why Study the City? The Importance of Understanding Cities. Urban Problems. Urban Promises and the Importance of the City. The Book's Perspective. 2. Globalization and Urbanization in the More-Developed World.
A Revolution. Thomas Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Trees. The Revolution Came in Four Installments. Fitting the Jigsaw Together. There's No One at the Wheel! How Things Can Change in a Faster, Smaller World. Robert Reich and The Work of Nations. A New World Geography. 3. Globalization and Urbanization in the Less-Developed World.
World Population Growth. The Theory of Demographic Transition. The Effects of Rapid Population Growth. World Urban Growth. The Question of Primacy. The Internal Structure of the City. Spontaneous Settlements. Theories of Development. The Theories Revisited in the Age of Globalization. Who's Right in the Era of Globalization? 4. The City in Everyday Life.
A World of Strangers. Mental Maps of the City. Acquiring Information and Survival Skills. Decline of the Public Realm? Decline of Community? Community and Crime. 5. The Community in the Modern World.
Sir Henry Maine: Family versus Individual Status. Ferdinand Tönnies: Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft. Emile Durkheim: Mechanical and Organic Solidarity. Robert Park and the Chicago School. Social Construction of Communities. Transition in Local Communities. Relationship of a Community to the Larger Society. 6. The Community in the Postmodern World.
Postmodernism and Globalization. Postmodernism According to David Harvey. Social Networks. Alternative Approaches and Theories of the Community. A Second Look at Social Networks. The Community in the Twenty-First Century. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words. 7. Reading the City.
Classical Theory of Urban Land Use. The City Through Different Lenses: Political Economy. The Postmodern Lens. 8. Choosing a Place to Live.
Why Housing Is Important. Why People Move. The Decision to Move. A Search for a New Home. 9. A Home-Buying Primer: When Theory Meets the Road.
A First Case Study: Mike and Elizabeth. A Second Case Study: Anne and Bill. 10. Suburbanization.
Our Changing Image of the Suburb. The Suburbanization Process in Historical Perspective. Census 2000's Portrait of America's Suburbs. The Suburbanization of Jobs. Suburbia and Women, the Elderly, and Minorities. The Stratification of Suburbs. The Social Side of Suburbia. Lifestyles in Suburbia. The Consequences of Fragmentation. The Impact of the Suburbs on the Central City. 11. Segregation and Location of Groups in Cities.
Segregation: The Study of Groups. Social-Status Segregation. Ethnic Segregation. Racial Segregation. 12. Urban Problems in the Global Era.
Inequality–A National Problem, Urban Consequences. Homelessness. Crime. 13. Urban Planning in the Twenty-First Century.
Urban Sprawl. Urban Planning. Planning Solutions. Backlash Against Smart Growth Initiatives. The New Urbanism. The City in the Future. Bibliography.