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Urban Life and Society

Urban Life and Society

Harry Gold

Feb 2002, Hardback, 414 pages
ISBN13: 9780130216052
ISBN10: 0130216054
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For Urban Sociology, Urban Political Economy, Urban Anthropology, and Urban Studies courses in Departments of Sociology, Urban Studies, Political Science, Urban Planning, Geography, and Public Policy.

Urban Life and Society is a comprehensive and readable overview of the entire field of urban sociology. It provides a very well balanced introduction to all of the major approaches and perspectives. The book pays homage to the traditional “classic” works in the field, while also focusing on some of the most recent theoretical and empirical work available.

PART I: INTRODUCTION AND EARLY URBANIZATION.

1. Urban Sociology as a Field of Study.
2. The Origins and Early Development of Cities.
3. The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on City Life.

PART II: BASIC FORMS OF URBAN LIFE IN THE MODERN METROPOLIS.

4. The Metropolitan Revolution: Cities and Suburbs.
5. Neighborhoods, Networks, and Associations.
6. Social-Psychological and Cultural Dimensions of Urban Life.

PART III: URBAN SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

7. Urban Economic Institutions.
8. Urban Political Institutions.
9. Welfare and Education as Emergent Urban Institutions.
10. The Impact of Urbanization on Religion and the Family.

PART IV: PERSISTENT URBAN SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

11. Urban Patterns of Social Stratification.
12. Urban Crime.
13. Problems of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Urban America.

PART V: URBAN PLANNING, SOCIAL POLICY, AND THE URBAN FUTURE.

14. Urban Planning and Development.
15. The Future of American Urban Life and Urban Social Policy.
16. World Urbanization and Globalization.

  • NEW - Updated materials—From the perspective of the NEW URBAN SOCIOLOGY, or THE POLITICAL ECOMOMY APPROACH, as it is increasingly coming to be called, are most directly represented in the two separate chapters on urban economic institutions and political institutions, but also material on the new urban sociology approach is integrated into the most relevant sections.
    • Offers a cutting-edge perspective on the growth of cities.

  • Historical perspective—Provides the reader with a clear picture of the process of urbanization process - past, present, and future: from the first cities to the emergence of the early Egyptian, Greek, Roman civilizations; continuing through urban developments throughout the feudal, medieval, and renaissance periods of European urbanization.
    • Provides a historical context for students in their study of urban societies.

  • Urban/Industrial Revolutions of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
    • Illustrates the impact of the urban-industrial revolution on city life in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

  • Focus on Urban Planning/Design—Includes an entire chapter on the role and scope of urban planning, and a full chapter is devoted to projected future urban trends and issues facing America's cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas for the first half of the 21st Century.
    • Allows for a more multi-disciplinary approach to urban studies and the impact that policy makers have on our urban life.

  • World Focus—While most of the book is focused on North American cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas, world urbanization and globalization are covered in a single chapter, which also succinctly describes principle world cities in each of the world's largest continents.
    • Recognizes that cities do not develop in a vacuum and are impacted by world events.

  • Six major perspectives offer a guiding framework for students—Includes a social change perspective; ecological perspective; social structure perspective; cultural and social-psychological perspective; social problems perspective; and a social policy perspective.
    • Develops a systematic approach to theoretical coverage throughout the book offering students a framework in which to place the content.

  • Emphasis on urban social institutions—Unique to this book, urban social institutions are considered within the framework of the social structure perspective. Included are separate chapters on urban economic institutions, urban political institutions, urban welfare and educational institutions, and a chapter on the impact of urbanization on religious and family institutions.
    • Shows the impact of social institutions on urban life.

  • Urban social stratification.
    • Addresses an important topic in cities historically and today.

  • Focus on units larger than the city or the metropolitan area, such as urban regions and societies.
    • Recognizes the fact that all parts of American society are now directly, if not indirectly, affected by the ever widening scope and influence of urban growth.