The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.
Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.
Key Concepts in Urban Studies:
Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.
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Ghetto and Racial Segregation
A ghetto is an area of a city or suburb occupied exclusively and relatively involuntarily by members of predominantly one social group. The term today connotes an urban area of poverty, unemployment and substandard housing.
In 1970, nine of the ten largest metro central city areas in the US had white majorities, ranging from 55% (Detroit) to 82% (Boston). Twenty years later, only Philadelphia (51%) and Boston (58%) were predominantly white. The rest of the city cores had populations that were mixed, with whites as a single group being a distinct minority. Where did the white people go? To the suburbs. Since 1950 they have been leaving [Page 35]the city in vast numbers. Beginning with the opening up of employment opportunities during World War II, large numbers of African ...