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.



The homeless are those who cannot afford shelter by themselves. With no access to housing, they sleep outside or in public spaces such as streets, doorways, parks and subways. It is not uncommon to find the homeless sleeping in old automobiles, perhaps their only major possession left after losing a home (see entries on Housing; Real Estate for more explanation of housing markets).

Although there is generally a sharp distinction in regard to the availability and quality of housing among cities in the developed and developing countries, the problem of homelessness is a growing concern in advanced industrial societies. In the early 1990s, several observers pointed to the presence of apparently homeless people sitting on the city streets in the US, although the exact number of people could not be counted. One observer suggested that during ...

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