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 buying and selling of land, whether it is developed or not, is a major force in the production of space (Lefebvre, 1991; Gottdiener, 1994). Capitalism extended its relations of profit-making to the ownership of land and its market turned that asset into ‘real estate’. Agricultural land is a natural resource and its value depends on how fruitful the location is for the production of useful products. The value of urban land, in contrast, is entirely contained in its attributes of location. It has little intrinsic value, unlike farmland, except for its potential as a place where societal activities can occur. Consequently, urban land acquires its value, in part, through society. Its worth depends on the collectivity. For example, it is possible to buy a piece of property within a city or suburb, ...