Brings together 20 of the most important classic and contemporary readings on cities and society in one accessible volume;
Offers an international focus, as well as case studies, all by leading experts in the field;
Includes an analytical introduction by the editor;
Provides coverage of current trends, theoretical perspectives, and policy issues;
Features diverse topics such as space, housing, globalization, the economy, and social inequalities.
Cities and Society contains the primary sources for the best–known references in other texts, brought together in one comprehensive volume. The essays are edited and introduced by a leading scholar in the field to ensure readability and context, resulting in an ideal resource for students and scholars of urban studies.
Introduction: Contemporary Issues in Urban Sociology.
Part I: Recent Theoretical Perspectives on Cities and Society.
1 The City as a Growth Machine: Toward a Political Economy of Place.
2 Urban Restructuring: A Critical View.
John Logan and Todd Swanstrom.
3 Space and Status.
4 Los Angeles and the Chicago School: Invitation to a Debate.
5 Modernity, Post–modernity, and Urban Culture.
Mike Savage and Alan Warde.
Part II: Globalization and Its Impact on Cities.
6 Overview of Global Cities.
7 Rural–Urban Interface and Migration.
Alan Gilbert and Josef Gugler.
8 Community, Ethnicity, and Urban Sociology.
9 The New Urban Reality.
10 The Return of the Sweatshop.
Edna Bonacich and Richard Appelbaum.
Part III: The Changing Urban Economy.
11 Understanding Homelessness: From Global to Local.
Jennifer Wolch and Michael Dear.
12 Markets, Decision–Makers, and the Real Estate Cycle.
Susan S. Fainstein.
13 Gentrification, Cuisine, and the Critical Infrastructure: Power and Centrality Downtown.
14 Gazing on History.
15 Neo–Bohemia: Art and Neighborhood Redevelopment in Chicago.
Part IV: Urban Policy Choices.
16 Chaos or Community? Directions for Public Policy.
17 The Missing Link.
Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton.
18 Fortress L. A.
19 Economic Inequality and Public Policy: The Power of Place.
Todd Swanstrom, Peter Dreier and John Mollenkopf.
20 The Challenge of Urban Sprawl.
Thad Williamson, David Imbroscio, and Gar Alperovitz
The essays in Cities and Society provide the reader with a solid foundation in both neo–Marxist and post–modernist schools of thought. Woven together with short and smartly–written introductions, it is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the way that contemporary academic writers make sense of the urban world. Daniel J. Monti, Jr., Boston University