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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.

Nightlife and Urban Nightscapes
Nightlife and urban nightscapes

Night activities are one of the key ways central cities can be differentiated from suburbia and rural areas. Night as Frontier (Melbin, 1987) was the first book to systematically examine the colonization of the night-time by urban dwellers. There are several factors behind the process. Electrification illuminated the built environment chasing away the darkness and marking an extended period of urban activity that contrasted with rural life. Agriculture was bound by the day/night rhythm. When electric lights became ubiquitous, urban social activities were able to transcend nature.

Illuminated night-time in urban areas signified socializing and consumption. People visited each other in their homes or went out to purchase food and drink. Restaurants and bars were open until the local authorities declared a closing time. Throughout the industrialized countries, the hometown ...

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