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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.

Urban and Suburban Social Movements
Urban and suburban social movements

A social movement is an organized political campaign directed at government and demanding structural changes in social organization.

Urban and suburban social movements target local governments. Individuals and communities often organize in efforts to influence their political leaders. When participants aggregate in significant numbers a social movement is born. In the past, such movements have mobilized around issues of renter's rights, community control of school boards, welfare rights, neighborhood policing and community redevelopment. More recently, the campaigns for smart growth and sustainable development could be considered social movements.

Residents of a city often deal with inconveniences on a daily basis. Sometimes these irritants, such as inadequate garbage collection or dangerous traffic intersections, persist as problems. When people perceive that these situations require political attention, they may organize to influence ...

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