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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.

Slums and Shanty Towns
Slums and shanty towns

A slum is a concentrated, densely settled area where housing is inadequate, residents are poor and community functions are lacking.

Although the emphasis is usually placed on the presence of deteriorated housing, because that is the most visible element, slums are afflicted by inadequate public services, poor medical and educational care, and a general neglect of its population by the larger society. Consequently, a slum is an area of inadequate housing plus inadequate community services, private sector stores, professional offices such as doctors, and the like. Slum populations are invariably racially and economically deprived. Generally health problems are compounded by overcrowding and the lack of both cheap and fresh food and professional medical assistance in the area.

Slum settlements represent over 30% of urban population in all developing countries. In ...

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