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.



This concept, perhaps more than any other with the exception of community, is interpreted according to diverse ideological conceptions and/or agendas of planning. As in the case of community, these interpretations have little to do with actually existing places (see entry on Community).

The apostles of the New Urbanism, Duany and Plater-Zyberg (see entry on page 96), for example, invoke the organicist ideology of the Chicago School, regarding ‘natural areas’ (see entry on Chicago School).

like the habitat of any species, the neighborhood possesses a natural logic that can be described in physical terms. The following are the principles of an ideal neighborhood design: (1) the neighborhood has a center and an edge; (2) the optimal size of a neighborhood is a quarter mile from center to edge; (3) the neighborhood has a balanced mix of activities ...

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