Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience

Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience

By: Xiangming Chen (author), Anthony M. Orum (author), Krista E. Paulsen (author)Paperback

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A complete introduction to the history, evolution, and future of the modern city, this book covers a wide range of theory, including the significance of space and place, to provide a balanced account of why cities are an essential part of the global human experience. * Covers a wide range of theoretical approaches to the city, from the historical to the cutting edge* Emphasizes the important themes of space and place* Offers a balanced account of cities and offers extensive coverage including urban inequality, environment and sustainability, and methods for studying the city * Takes a global approach, with examples from Berlin and Chicago to Shanghai and Mumbai* Includes a range of pedagogical features such as a substantial glossary of key terms, critical thinking questions, suggestions for further reading and a range of innovative textboxes which follow the themes of Exploring Further, Studying the City and Making the City Better * Extensively illustrated with maps, charts, tables, and over 80 photographs* Accompanied by a comprehensive website ( featuring further examples and case studies, discussion and essay questions, chapter outlines and links to useful online resources and films and documentaries

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Xiangming Chen is the founding Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies and Paul Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology at Trinity College, Hartford, and Distinguished Guest Professor in the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Fudan University, Shanghai. His books include The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective (with Anthony M. Orum, Blackwell, 2003), As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim (2005), and Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity (ed., 2009), and Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities (coed., 2012). Several of his books have been translated into Chinese. Anthony M. Orum is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was the founding editor of the journal City & Community, and has received several awards, including the 2009 Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service given by the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. His publications include City-Building in America (1995), The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective (with Xiangming Chen, Blackwell, 2003), and Common Ground? Readings and Reflections on Public Space (ed. with Zachary Neal, 2010). Several of his books have been translated into Chinese. Krista E. Paulsen is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. She has published widely on the city, urban tradition, and the ways that places develop and maintain distinctive cultures. Her research examines the ways that homes and neighborhoods reflect and reproduce cultural ideals associated with family and community, and her teaching takes in urban sociology and urban studies, environmental sociology, community, and qualitative research methods. She is currently at work on the edited volume Home Place Community: International Sociological Perspectives (ed. with Margarethe Kusenbach and Melinda Milligan).


Introduction 1 Part I The foundations 5 1 Cities as places and spaces 6 2 Social theories of urban space and place: The early perspectives 28 3 Social theories of urban space and place: Perspectives in the post-World War II era 49 4 Methods and rules for the study of cities 72 Part II The changing metropolis 99 5 The metropolis and its expansion: Early insights and basic principles 100 6 The origins and development of suburbs 123 7 Changing metropolitan landscapes after World War II 154 Part III The metropolis and social inequalities 177 8 The early metropolis as a place of inequality 178 9 Inequality and diversity in the post-World War II metropolis 204 Part IV The metropolis in the developing world 231 10 Urbanization and urban places in developing-country cities 232 11 Cities in the global economy 261 Part V Challenges of today and the metropolis of the future 295 12 Urban environments and sustainability 296 13 The remaking and future of cities 321

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  • publication date: 27/07/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781405155540
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9781405155540
  • weight: 904
  • ISBN10: 140515554X

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