Well-written and extremely topical, Deciphering the City efficiently deals with the large and small issues facing cities today. A focus on globalization's impact on the role of cities, an explicit mission to drive home the applied nature of urban studies to students. This innovative text offers an exciting introduction to the history, issues, problems, potential solutions and challenges, facing cities—in the developed and the developing world—for the twenty-first century.
Globalization has changed the roles of cities in the global economy and this text begins with an introduction to the phenomenon of globalization, and how the changes it has brought about have affected the social, political, and economic institutions of societies. The second section of the text concentrates on the psychology of the city and the community-building process, while the book's third section illustrates the structure of cities and their historical and emerging patterns. Deciphering the City makes studying the city a relevant and interesting subject necessary in understanding the functioning of today's world.
Table of Contents
Preface xv -- Chapter 1 Why Study the City? 1 -- Chapter 2 Globalization and Urbanization in the More-Developed World -- Chapter 3 Globalization and Urbanization in the Less-Developed World -- Chapter 4 The City in Everyday Life -- Chapter 5 Community in the Modern World -- Chapter 6 The Community in the Postmodern Era -- Chapter 7 Reading the City -- Chapter 8 Choosing a Place to Live -- Chapter 9 A Home-Buying Primer: When Theory Meets the Road -- Chapter 10 The Suburbanization Process -- Chapter 11 The Segregation and Location of Groups in Cities -- Chapter 12 Urban Problems in the Global Era -- Chapter 13 Urban Planning in the Twenty-First Century -- Bibliography -- Author Index -- Subject Index.
William A. Schwab is university professor of sociology, University of Arkansas.
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