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.



A community is a group that perceives itself as having strong and lasting bonds, particularly when the group shares a geographic location. One measure of community is regular participation by individuals in its activities. Another is the strength of identification among members with the perceived social bond of the group. A third is the specific physical space and location that is commonly understood as the group's territory. This space provides its own set of material markers to which community members have strong emotional ties.

Often community is discussed in terms of its ‘attachments’ – the attachment of the individuals who are part of a community to each other and to the physical location; the feeling of belonging to a community. In this sense, the concept ‘community’ refers to a deep psychological and emotional relationship to ...

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