The first edition of The New Urban Sociology represented a major breakthrough text for urban sociology and urban studies programs. Now in its second edition, the text has been completely revised and updated throughout to include discussions of many current topics and new case study material highlighting recent work in the field. This book is organized around an integrated paradigm throughout – the sociospatial perspective – which considers the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, culture, and politics on the development of metropolitan areas.
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Organized around an integrated paradigm—the sociospatial perspective—this breakthrough text considers the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, culture, and politics on the development of metropolitan areas. By moving beyond the traditional city/suburb dichotomy, the authors’ unique focus on the continuously changing nature of metropolitan regions makes the material more relevant to students’ personal experiences, and the cohesive conceptual framework engages students’ critical thinking skills. Fully revised throughout, this edition features expanded discussions of international regions, key concepts, and the effect of the economic crisis on housing markets, public policy, and urban development. Concise and accessible, this book offers students a brief, intelligible history of urban life from its origins to the industrial period, as well as a clear, sophisticated summary of urban social theory.About the Author:
Mark Gottdiener is chair of the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York-Buffalo. He is the author of eleven books, including The Social Production of Space, The Theming of America: Dreams, Visions, and Commercial Spaces, and Urban Semiotics. Translations of his works are used in several countries. His main interests are urban sociology, contemporary social theory, and the semiotics of culture.
Ray Hutchison is chair of Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is the series editor of Research in Urban Sociology and the author of some 20 articles on immigration, ethnic and racial groups, and schooling. He teaches courses in Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, and The City Through Time and Space.
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