Providing a thorough and comprehensive survey of the contemporary urban world that is accessible to students, Urban People and Places: The Sociology of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns will give balanced treatment to both the process by which cities are built (i.e., urbanization) and the ways of life practiced by people that live and work in more urban places (i.e., urbanism) unlike most core texts in this area. Whereas most texts focus on the socio-economic causes of urbanization, this text analyses the cultural component: how the physical construction of places is, in part, a product of cultural beliefs, ideas, and practices and also how the culture of those who live, work, and play in various places is shaped, structured, and controlled by the built environment. Inasmuch as the primary focus will be on the United States, global discussion is composed with an eye toward showing how U.S. cities, suburbs, and towns are different and alike from their counterparts in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America

Introduction: Telling the Story of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns
Introduction: Telling the story of cities, suburbs, and towns

This book, as its title indicates, is about urban people and places: how they develop, how they are organized, the problems we associate with them, and the various ways we deal with those problems. It is also a book about the way we talk about these places and people, how we make sense of them, and, ultimately, what the places we build and inhabit tell us about ourselves and the way we live together. We pay some attention to urban places and people in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. In fact, our treatment of cities and urban people on those continents is actually quite detailed for a ...

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