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

How Social Scientists, Planners, and Reformers Figure out what's going on and what Needs Fixing

How social scientists, planners, and reformers figure out what's going on and what needs fixing

This book is filled with references to research and theories about the development of cities, suburbs, and towns and how people in these places live. We described our preferred way to look at all that information and make sense of it (i.e., our so-called “cultural perspective”). Mindful that writers representing other schools of thought can look at the same evidence and come up with a much different take on what's going on, however, we also reviewed their approaches to studying urban phenomena. Fair as we tried to be, of course, there's a good chance that ...

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