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
Chapter 4: The Seeds of Urban Theory: Classic Statements about Cities and Communities
The Seeds of Urban Theory: Classic Statements about Cities and Communities
The earliest cities in Europe and North America looked very different than they do today. Things that we tend to associate with cities—like skyscrapers and subways, and even paved streets—became part of city life in the 20th century. Yet we shouldn't assume that our cities today are totally different from those of the past. As we noted in the first three chapters, the seeds of today's cities were planted centuries ago. Cities have grown so much in the past 150 years that they almost seem natural as if these seeds are more literal than figurative, as if the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the ...