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

Among Kin, Friends, and Strangers: Social Control in Cities, Suburbs, and Towns

Among kin, friends, and strangers: Social control in cities, suburbs, and towns

Social philosophers, would-be reformers and scientists, business leaders, and public officials fretted about the prospect of making a community out of all the different kinds of people who were moving into cities in the 18th and 19th centuries. The people who most kept them up nights worrying about how to create and maintain effective communities were “strangers” to the city. And the scariest strangers, not just in the United States but also across most of Europe, were unattached young people, transients, and aliens or foreigners. Now, the fact is that Western societies have done a superb job of transforming many and ...

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