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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.

Suburb and Suburbanization
Suburb and suburbanization

Suburbs represent a physical form of settlement, neither urban nor rural, but something in-between. The field of urban studies has always had a problem defining what is meant by ‘urban’. These days the concept of ‘suburb’ is even more problematic. In fact, the US Bureau of Census does not officially use the term ‘suburb’ at all. Instead, areas lying outside large cities are defined together with those cities as ‘metropolitan statistical areas’ or MSAs. It is commonly understood that a suburb is a residential area outside the large central city with less population density but higher than the adjacent rural area. Early conceptions considered these places as dependent on the city and now that is a fallacy, as is the belief that these areas are dominated by residences alone. Historically, for instance, ...

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