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.

Urbanization and Urbanism

Urbanization and urbanism

Both these terms are old and have been used for some time to describe city-based processes. Now they present a question of whether they can be extended to the concept of fully urbanized regions. We think they can and, in loose usage, they already have. The global city argument, for example, often conflates the region with the large city (see entry on Globalization). Postmodern approaches often tie subcultures that are region-wide together, and so on (see entry on Postmodern and Modern Urbanism).


This concept has been traditionally defined as the process of city formation and city growth. Urbanization involves the way social activities locate themselves in space and according to interdependent processes of societal development and change. Its analysis is often historical and comparative. Urbanization charts and tries to understand the ...

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