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Deciphering the City - William A. Schwab

Paperback Published: 17th August 2004
ISBN: 9780131134959
Number Of Pages: 432

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Globalization has changed the roles of cities in the global economy; the author conveys the need to understand the new order in our world, especially in light of the events of 9/11/2001. The knowledge that can be acquired from this book provides readers with a unique benefit: knowing about cities allows residents to see the opportunities as well as the risks that arise in them. This book allows readers to understand how we cope in today's world and why we live our lives the way we do within our communities. This book begins with an introduction to the phenomenon of globalization, and how the changes it has brought about have affected the social, political, and economic institutions of societies in both the more-developed and less-developed worlds. The book's second section concentrates on the psychology of the city and the community-building process; while its third section illustrates the city's structure and patterns. Finally, the author concentrates on urban problems and solutions to them. An excellent, up-to-date resource for urban sociologists and others who work in the fields of criminology, urban planning, health, housing, research, and development.

Why Study the City?
Why Study the City? The Importance of Studying the City
Urban Problems
Urban Promises and the Importance of the City
The Book's Perspective
Globalization and Urbanization in the More-Developed World
A Revolution.The Lexus and the Olive Trees,Thomas Friedman
The Revolution Came in Four Installments
Fitting the Jigsaw Together
There's No One at the Wheel! How Things Can Change in a Faster, Smaller World
Robert Reich and The Work of Nations
A New World Geography
Globalization and Urbanization in the Less-Developed World
World Population Growth
The Theory of Demographic Transition
The Effects of Rapid Population Growth
The Question of Primacy
The Internal Structure of the City
Spontaneous Settlements
Theories of Development
The Theories Revisited in the Age of Globalization
Who's Right in the Era of Globalization
The City in Everyday Life
A World of Strangers
Mental Maps of the City
Acquiring Information and Survival Skills
Decline of the Public Realm? Decline of Community? Community and Crime
The Community in the Modern World
Sir Henry Maine: Family vs
Individual Status
Ferdinand Tonnies: Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft
Emile Durkheim: Mechanical and Organic Solidarity
Robert Park and the Chicago School
Social Construction of Communities
Transition in Local Communities
Relationship of a Community to the Larger Society
The Community in the Postmodern World
Postmodernism and Globalization
Postmodernism According to David Harvey
Social Networks
Alternative Approaches and Theories of the Community
A Second Look at Social Networks
The Community in the 21st Century
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Reading the City
Classical Theory of Urban Land-Use
The City Through Different Lenses: Political Economy
The Postmodern Lens
Choosing a Place to Live
Why Housing Is Important
Why People Move
The Decision to Move
A Search for a New Home
A Home-Buying Primer: When Theory Meets the Road
A First Case Study: Mike and Elizabeth
A Second Case Study: Anne and Bill
Our Changing Image of the Suburb
The Suburbanization Process in Historical Perspective
Census 2000's Portrait of America's Suburbs
The Suburbanization of Jobs
Suburbia and Women, the Elderly, and Minorities
The Stratification of Suburbs
The Social Side of Suburbia
Lifestyles in Suburbia
The Consequences of Fragmentation
The Impact of the Suburbs on the Central City
Segregation: The Study of Groups
Social-Status Segregation
Ethnic Segregation
Racial Segregation
Urban Problems in the Global Era
Inequality-A National Problem, Urban Consequences
Urban Planning in the Twenty-First Century
Urban Sprawl
Urban Planning
Planning Solutions
Backlash Against Smart Growth Initiatives
The New Urbanism
The City in the Future
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ISBN: 9780131134959
ISBN-10: 0131134957
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 17th August 2004
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1