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.

Immigration and Migration

Immigration and migration

Urban spaces have always grown and been sustained by the constant influx of new people. Historically cities developed as people who were tied to a prosperous agricultural economy found they could sustain themselves by other means, most commonly associated with a permanent market place. As these market locations grew, so too did they attract increasingly more people from the surrounding agricultural land. This type of population shift would be considered ‘migration’ today because it consists of a movement of people wnthin national boundaries. ‘Immigration’, in contrast, refers to the movement of people across national boundaries. In many ways the processes of migration and immigration constitutes the very lifeblood of cities, suburbs and in general, metro regions in countries around the world. Our task in this book has been to help define concepts ...

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