This book identifies and accounts for the characteristics of the contemporary city and of urban society. It analyzes the distribution and growth of settlements and explores the social and behavioral characteristics of urban living. The latest theoretical and empirical developments and insights are synthesized and presented in an accessible and engaging way.
This second edition has been extensively updated and referenced. Each chapter includes sets of learning objectives, annotated readings and topics for discussion. Well-illustrated throughout, it will be essential reading for students of geography, sociology and development studies and all who seek an understanding of how the urban world has evolved and how it will change in the twenty-first century.
Preface 1. Global Patterns and Perspectives 2. Urban Populations and Urban Places 3. Urban Growth and Urbanization: historical patterns 4. Urban Development as a Global Phenomenon 5. Socio-economic Consequences of Global Urban Development 6. Urban Culture and Global Urban Society 7. World Cities 8. The Future Urban World