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 5: The Fruits Of Urban Theory: Contemporary Perspectives on Cities and Communities
The Fruits Of Urban Theory: Contemporary Perspectives on Cities and Communities
If the foundation of sociology was laid in the 19th century, the newly constructed discipline was more like a downtown apartment building than a single-family house in the “burbs.” Sociology was built out of the same bricks and mortar that created cities. Due to the transformative processes of industrialization and urbanization, sociology was, at its core, a distinctly “urban” enterprise. Urban sociology became its own distinct subfield, inhabiting its own floor in that grand tenement of the discipline. But the urban focus of so many of the concerns addressed by people in the discipline as a whole is unmistakable and strong.
The main tenants ...