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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.

Multi-Centered Metropolitan Region
Multi-centered metropolitan region

The form of settlement space known as ‘the city’ is about 10,000 years old. Classically it consisted of a central area with a relatively high population density surrounded by a supportive space of agricultural production. This bounded city form remained virtually unchanged until the period of capitalist industrialization during the 19th Century. At that time, the creation of two distinct classes, the workers and the capitalists, split the population with regard to wealth. Affluent families established homes away from the city in the hinterland, while retaining a place in town as well. Furthermore, when the forces of profit-making were extended to a capitalist market in real estate, speculators began immediately to stake out land outside the central city for sale. They encouraged prospective buyers to use whatever means of transportation available ...

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