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The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective

The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective

Anthony M. Orum, Xiangming Chen

ISBN: 978-0-631-21026-9

Jan 2003, Wiley-Blackwell

192 pages

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$52.95

Description

The World of Cities is a concise theoretical and empirical introduction to urban sociology. In clear and engaging terms, the book surveys and critiques all the major theoretical perspectives in urban studies.

  • Provides a concise introduction to urban sociology.
  • Uses clear and engaging terms.
  • Surveys the main theoretical models of urban studies.
  • Includes empirical data on contemporary cities and neighborhoods, and the impact of the world economy on city life.
  • Features a discussion of the current reconstructive efforts of educational, political, and business leaders to improve cities and maintain their civic culture.
List of Illustrations.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

List of Figures.

1. Cities and Places.

2. Social Theory and the City.

3. Social Inequalities and the Creation of Metropolitan Space.

4. Place Change and Continuity: The City in Comparative and Global Contexts.

5. From A Critical to A Reconstructive Sociology of Cities.

Glossary.

Index.

The World of Cities is an intellectually strong and up-to-date synthesis, one that should prove useful to both students and sophisticated analysts alike.’ Harvey Molotch, University of California at Santa Barbara and New York University

‘For the first time in recent US scholarship, Orum and Chen provide a deep and extended analysis of the importance of place in city development. Human beings value places as sacred sites with deep memories and legendary attachments, to be revisited even when catastrophes make this foolhardy. Dissatisfied with undemocratic development today, Orum and Chen provide a sage set of pro-active measures for creating much better urban places fostering human life and family.’ Joe Feagin, University of Florida


  • Provides a concise introduction to urban sociology.
  • Uses clear and engaging terms.
  • Surveys the main theoretical models of urban studies.
  • Includes empirical data on contemporary cities and neighborhoods, and the impact of the world economy on city life.
  • Features a discussion of the current reconstructive efforts of educational, political, and business leaders to improve cities and maintain their civic culture.