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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.

De-Territorialization and Re-Territorialization
De-territorialization and re-territorialization

Recently, urbanists have been concerned about large scale migrations of particular people as a result of war, famine, political oppression, religious intolerance and enduring poverty. This phenomenon is referred to as ‘de-territorialization’ and often the people themselves are known as ‘refugees’. When such mass movements of people are accompanied by the persisting organization of daily life centered on cultural practices of the place of origin, urbanists refer to this phenomenon as ‘re-territorialization’. These twin aspects are important topics for an understanding of changes in the ethnic composition of urban places throughout the world since World War II because of the profound impact that modern political unrest, global economic changes and warfare have had on local peoples (Appadurai, 1996).

The processes of de- and re-territorialization can be illustrated by the effect of the holocaust ...

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