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.



The issue of preservation has become increasingly important for cities and for developing countries that are experiencing globalization. It encompasses a variety of different circumstances that have in common the desire to protect the built environment because of its historical/cultural importance from deterioration, demolition, redevelopment, social upheavals and simple neglect.

Preservation in Urban Settings

The built environment of metropolitan regions is also an historical repository of architectural constructs that represent an irreplaceable cultural heritage. Often cities develop and recondition themselves in order to attract new investment, especially after disturbing periods of decline, by removing ‘old’ buildings in order to offer open land for new projects. This ‘creative destruction’ is one aspect of real estate under capitalist land market conditions (see entry on Real Estate). In some cities, older buildings that are under-utilized are removed simply to provide parking ...

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