For the student of urban sociology and urban studies in general, this textbook is an ideal overview and synthesis of a fascinating and ever–changing field.
List of Figures.
1. Cities and Places.
2. Social Theory and the City.
3. Social Inequalities and the Creation of Metropolitan Space.
4. Place Change and Continuity: The City in Comparative and Global Contexts.
5. From A Critical to A Reconstructive Sociology of Cities.
For the first time in recent US scholarship, Orum and Chen provide a deep and extended analysis of the importance of place in city development. Human beings value places as sacred sites with deep memories and legendary attachments, to be revisited even when catastrophes make this foolhardy. Dissatisfied with undemocratic development today, Orum and Chen provide a sage set of pro–active measures for creating much better urban places fostering human life and family. Joe Feagin, University of Florida