Contemporary urban studies engages a wide range of approaches in the analysis of the processes at work in urban areas. These approaches derive from anthropology, economics, geography, history, politics and sociology as well as from the professional experience of town planning and architecture.
Social process and the city reflects this growing cross-disciplinary engagement. This shows the important, problematic, role which cities in particular, and urban change in general have played in the growth of Australia. The overriding concern of each essay in this collection is to develop an understanding of the ways urban areas function and an awareness of how differing interpretations of 'urban phenomena' might be applied. This attention to the nature of the forces at work, and the processes these forces manifest themselves in, is extended both empirically and conceptually.
This book was first published in 1983.
Introduction: Theory and process in urban studies, Peter Williams
1. When is an urban problem not an urban problem? Evan Jones and Frank Stilwell
2. The crisis in British planning education and research, J. Brian McLoughlin
3. On the shoulders of which giant? The case for Weberian policy analysis, Peter Saunders
4. Women and suburban housing: Post-war planning in Sydney, 1943-61, Carolyn Allport
5. Population mobility in Australia's urban areas, Chris Maher
6. The city, state and resource development in Western Australia, Elizabeth Harman
7. The city-bred child and urban reform in Melbourne 1900-1940, Graeme Davison
8. The development of urban planning in Australia 1888-1948: a bibliography and review, Robert Freestone