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The Urban Sociology Reader

2nd Edition

Edited by Jan Lin, Christopher Mele


464 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Urban Reader Series

This exciting series responds to the need for comprehensive coverage of the classic and essential texts that form the basis of intellectual work in the various academic disciplines and professional fields concerned with cities. The readers focus on the key topics encountered by undergraduates, graduates and scholars in urban studies and allied fields, the contributions of major theoreticians and practitioners and other individuals, groups and organizations that study the city or practise in a field that affects the city.
As well as drawing together the best of classic and contemporary writings on the city, each reader features extensive general, section and selection introductions prepared by the volume editors to place the selections in context, illustrate relations among topics, provide information on the author and point readers towards additional related biographic material.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban