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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

Fixing Places and People: How Policy Makers, Planners, and Social Reformers Try to Make Cities Better
Fixing places and people: How policy makers, planners, and social reformers try to make cities better

Cities are the single biggest things human beings build that actually work. At the same time, cities and the larger metropolitan areas of which they are part have many pieces that don't fit together comfortably or operate at peak efficiency. On top of that, the people who live and work there don't always get along very well.

This situation isn't peculiar to urban areas in the United States. Nor is it new. It arises whenever and wherever large numbers of different kinds of people settle in compact communities. Some of the problems, perhaps the ...

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