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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.

Overurbanization – The Primate City
Overurbanization – The primate city

Advanced industrial societies, such as those in Europe and the US, have urbanized over an extended period of time. Under such conditions agricultural areas remained relatively stable and city development occurred with a measured pace. While all of these societies have large cities there is, nevertheless, a hierarchy that speaks to a balanced growth of urbanization. This means that populations within urbanized places exhibit a full range of ranks from many small cities to a lesser number of medium-sized places and, finally, a select few urban areas that are huge. There are several advantages of such balanced urbanization including the availability of many alternative locations for businesses and residences, increased manageability of urban administration, and comparative strength of the economy in its mix of sectors, including agriculture.

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