This innovative text uses the lens of culture to examine the various theoretical perspectives and paradigms of urban analysis. It explores the city's impact on how we make and consume all types of culture—art, music, literature, architecture, film, and more—not only illustrating the effects the urban environment has on the production of culture, but, at times, how culture has influenced the city.
Theoretically diverse, Urban Culture employs the major theoretical perspectives in sociology and the major paradigms in Urban Sociology and Urban Studies: Urban Ecology, Marxism, New Urbanism, Socio-Psychological Perspective, Structuralists/Econometrics, and Urban Elites/ Entrepreneurs. Urban Terrorism is also addressed to provide a timely examination of the cultural impact and sociological effects of terrorism in an urban setting.
Table of Contents
1. A Definition of Urban Culture 2. The Urban Environment 3. Evolution of Culture in the City 4. Music in the City 5. Art and Sculpture 6. Architecture and Fashion 7. Photography, Film and Television 8. Government and State Culture Production and Social Movements 9. Spontaneous Culture and Social Movements 10. The Bad City versus the Good City 11. Appendix: Urban Culture Methods for Research and Teaching
Alan C. Turley, Concordia University, Austin, Texas.