In this book, Joe R. Feagin assesses urban questions from the 'new urban sociology' perspective that has developed since the 1980s. One of the leading figures in this tradition of thought, Feagin places class and racial domination at the heart of the analysis of city life, change, and development. His approach takes into account political-economic histories and the rise and fall of their social institutions; the character and impact of their underlying systems of capitalism, racism, and patriarchy; and how these dynamics play out in the everyday lives of contemporary urbanites.
Joe R. Feagin is professor of sociology at the University of Florida.
Chapter 1 The New Urban Paradigm: Urban Social Science for the Twenty-First Century Part 2 I. Cities in Global Perspective Chapter 3 Cities and the New International Division of Labor: An Overview Chapter 4 The Global Context of Metropolitan Growth: Houston and the Oil Industry Chapter 5 Extractive Regions in Developed Countries: A Comparative Analysis of the Oil Capitals/ Houston and Aberdeen Part 6 II. Powerful Economic Actors in City Development Chapter 7 Cities in Conflict Chapter 8 Urban Real Estate Speculation: Implications for Social Science and Urban Planning Chapter 9 Irrationality in Real Estate Investment: The Case of Houston Part 10 III. The Political Dimension of City Development Chapter 11 The Corporate Center Strategy: The State in Central Cities Chapter 12 Arenas of Conflict: Zoning and Land-Use Reform in Critical Political-Economic Perspective Chapter 13 Are Planners Collective Capitalists? The Cases of Aberdeen and Houston Part 14 IV. Race, Racism, and City Development Chapter 15 Slavery Unwilling to Die: The Background of Black Oppression in the 1980s Chapter 16 The Continuing Significance of Race: Antiblack Discrimination in Public Places Chapter 17 The Continuing Significance of Racism: Discrimination Against Black Students in White Colleges Chapter 18 Changing Black Americans to Fit a Racist System? Part 19 V. Review and Reprise Chapter 20 Urban Sociology: Feagin Style Chapter 21 The New Urban Paradigm: Feagin's Contributions