2nd Edition

The Urban Sociology Reader

Edited By Jan Lin, Christopher Mele Copyright 2013
    464 Pages
    by Routledge

    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    The urban world is an exciting terrain for investigating the central institutions, structures and problems of the social world and how they have transformed through the last 200 years. This Reader comprises sections on urban social theory, racial and social difference in the city, culture in everyday life, culture and the urban economy, globalization and transnational social relations and the regulation of urban space.

    Drawing together seminal selections covering the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, this Reader includes forty-three significant writings from eminent names such as Simmel, Wirth, Park, Burgess, DuBois, Zukin, Sassen, and Harvey. The 2nd edition illuminates more recent urban issues such as sprawl, sustainability, immigration and urban protest. Selections are predominantly sociological, but some readings cross disciplinary boundaries.

    Providing an essential resource for students of urban studies, this book brings together important but, till now, widely dispersed writings. Editorial commentaries precede each entry; introducing the text, demonstrating its significance, and outlining the issues surrounding its topic, whilst the associated bibliography enables deeper investigations.

    Part 1: Urbanization and Community  1. Community and Society Ferdinand Tonnies  2. The Metropolis and Mental Life Georg Simmel  3. Urbanism as a Way of Life Louis Wirth  4. Theories of Urbanism Claude S. Fischer  5. The Uses of City Neighborhoods Jane Jacobs  6. Networks, Neighborhoods, and Communities Barry Wellman  7. Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital Robert Putnam  Part 2: Understanding Urban Growth in the Capitalist City  8. Human Ecology Robert Park  9. The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project Ernest Burgess  10. The Urban Process under Capitalism: A Framework for Analysis David Harvey  11. The City as a Growth Machine John Logan and Harvey Molotch  12. Partnership and the Pursuit of the Private City Gregory Squires  13. Los Angeles and the Chicago School: Invitation to a Debate Michael Dear  14. Cities and the Geographies of "Actually Existing Neoliberalism Neil Brenner and Nik Theodore  15. Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-First Century Peter Dreier, John Mollenkopf and Todd Swanstrom  16. "Urban Ecological Footprints: Why Cities Cannot Be Sustainable—And Why They Are A Key to Sustainability" William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel  Part 3: Racial and Social Inequality  17.  The Philadelphia Negro W.E.B. DuBois  18. The Cost of Racial and Class Exclusion in the Inner City Loic Wacquant and William Julius Wilson  19. Segregation and the Making of the Underclass Douglas S. Massey and Nancy Denton  20. The Immigrant Enclave: Theory and Empirical Examples Alejandro Portes and Robert D. Manning  21. Spatial Disparities in the Expansion of the Chinese Ethnoburb of Los Angeles Jan Lin and Paul Robinson  22. Men Without Property: The Tramp’s Classification and Use of Urban Space James S. Duncan  23. Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina: Social Differences in Human Responses to Disaster James R. Elliott and Jeremy Pais  Part 4: Gender and Sexuality 24. City Spatial Structure, Women’s Household Work, and National Urban Policy Ann Markusen  25. Race,’ Space and Power: The Survival Strategies of Working Poor Women Melissa Gilbert  26. Gender and Space: Lesbians and Gay Men in the City Sy Adler and Johanna Brenner  27. Freeing South Africa: The ‘Modernization’ of Male-Male Sexuality in Soweto Donald L. Donham  28. Whose Place is this Space? Life in the Street Prostitution Area of Helsinki, Finland Sirpa Tani  Part 5: Globalization and Transnationality  29. The World City Hypothesis John Friedmann  30. Whose City Is It? Globalization and the Formation of New Claims Saskia Sassen  31. Globalizing Singapore: Debating Transnational Flows in the City Brenda S. A. Yeoh and T. C. Chang  32. City Life: West African Communities in New York Paul Stoller and Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha  33. Social Remittances: Migration Driven Local-level Forms of Cultural Diffusion  Peggy Levitt  Part 6: Culture and the City  34. Whose Culture? Whose City? Sharon Zukin  35. Cities and the Creative Class Richard Florida 36. Cultures of Circulation and the Urban Imaginary: Miami as Example and Exemplar Edward LiPuma and Thomas Koelble  37. Staying Vietnamese: Community and Place in Orange County and Boston Karin Aguilar-San Juan  Part 7: Regulation and Rights in Urban Space  38. Spatial Governmentality and the New Urban Social Order: Controlling Gender Violence through Law S. E. Merry  39. The Erosion of Public Space and the Public Realm Setha Low  40. Fortified Enclaves: The New Urban Segregation Teresa P. Caldeira  41. Casinos, Prisons, Incinerators and Other Fragments of Neoliberal Urban Development Christopher Mele  42. Spaces of Insurgent Citizenship James Holston  43. The Right to the City David Harvey







    Jan Lin is Associate Professor of Sociology at Occidental College, Los Angeles.

    Christopher Mele is Associate Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Buffalo.