The fifth edition of this book extends the discussion of the challenges faced by urban sociology in the global age, while covering the issues traditionally associated with urban sociology. It presents a balanced review of the ecological perspective and the political and economic contexts of the urban environment. Topics include communities in cities, minority and ethnic groups, poverty, power, crime, cities in economic development and underdevelopment, metropolitanization and urban sprawl, and urban policy and planning. The final chapter explores the significance of cyberspace, transnationalism, and global terrorism for the future of urban sociology.
William G. Flanagan is professor of sociology at Coe College.
Chapter 1 An Invitation to Urban Studies Chapter 2 From Ancient Cities to an Urban World Chapter 3 The Urban Tradition in Sociology Chapter 4 Community and the City Chapter 5 Ethnic and Minority Groups Chapter 6 Patterns and Consequences of Urbanization in Poor Countries Chapter 7 Urban Growth and Transitions in the United States Chapter 8 Ecology, Capitalism, and the Expanding Scope of Urban Analysis Chapter 9 Poverty, Power, and Crime Chapter 10 Urban Policy Chapter 11 Urban Sociology: An Evolving Perspective on the World