Widely recognized as a groundbreaking text, The New Urban Sociology is a broad and expert introduction to urban sociology that is both relevant and accessible to students. Organized around an integrated paradigm, the sociospatial perspective, this text examines the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, and culture on the development of metropolitan areas, and integrates social, ecological and political economy perspectives and research into this study. With its unique perspective, concise history of urban life, clear summary of urban social theory, and attention to the impact of culture on urban development, this book gives students a cohesive conceptual framework for understanding cities and urban life.
The 6th edition of The New Urban Sociology is a major overhaul and expansion of the previous editions. This edition is packed with new material including an expansion of the sociospatial approach to include the primary importance of racism in the formation of the urban landscape, the spatial aspects of urban social problems, including the issues surrounding urban public health and affordable housing, and a brand new chapter on urban social movements. There is also new material on the importance of space for social groups, including immigrants and the LGBTQ community, as well as the gendered meanings embedded in social space.
Offering a critical sociospatial approach and global contextualization, The New Urban Sociology provides the best overall understanding of the development, spatial forms, and character of multicentered metropolitan areas available to students of U.S. urban development. These perceptive sociologists give central attention to multifaceted push-pull factors in metropolitan growth, center real estate actors’ role in structuring growth, assess multiple urban impacts of systemic racism, and connect the conflicts of diverse political coalitions in regularly shaping urbanization processes.
Joe Feagin, Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University, and author of Racist America (4th ed., Routledge, 2019).
Preface to the Fifth 6th edition; 1 THE NEW URBAN SOCIOLOGY; 2 THE ORIGINS OF URBAN LIFE AND URBAN SOCIOLOGY; 3 CONTEMPORARY URBAN SOCIOLOGY; 4 URBANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES; 5 SUBURBANIZATION, GLOBALIZATION, AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE MULTICENTERED REGION 129; 6 URBANIZATION IN THE DEVELOPED NATIONS: EUROPE AND JAPAN; 7 URBANIZATION AND MEGA REGIONS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD; 8 URBAN SOCIAL PROBLEMS: RACISM, POVERTY, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, CRIME, AND PUBLIC HEALTH; 9 NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITIES: DIFFERNTIAL GROUPS AND SPTIAL LOCATION IN THE METROPOLITAN REGION; 10 THE REVITALIZATION OF THE HISTORICAL INNER CITY: GENTRIFICATION, THEMING, AND UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT; 11 METROPOLITAN PLANNING AND URBAN ISSUES; 12 METROPOLITAN SOCIAL POLICY; 13 SHIFTING THE FOCUS TO RESULTS: URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS; 14 CONCLUSION; Bibliography; Index