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Urban People and Places

Urban People and Places
The Sociology of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns

February 2014 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing a thorough and comprehensive survey of the contemporary urban world that is accessible to students, Urban People and Places: The Sociology of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns will give balanced treatment to both the process by which cities are built (i.e., urbanization) and the ways of life practiced by people that live and work in more urban places (i.e., urbanism) unlike most core texts in this area. Whereas most texts focus on the socio-economic causes of urbanization, this text analyses the cultural component: how the physical construction of places is, in part, a product of cultural beliefs, ideas, and practices and also how the culture of those who live, work, and play in various places is shaped, structured, and controlled by the built environment. Inasmuch as the primary focus will be on the United States, global discussion is composed with an eye toward showing how U.S. cities, suburbs, and towns are different and alike from their counterparts in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America
1. Urbanization as a Worldwide Phenomenon
2. Urbanization in More and Less Developed Countries
3. Urbanization in the United States
4. Classic Statements about Cities & Communities
5. Contemporary Perspectives and Cities & Communities
6. Civic Culture and the Politics of Community
7. Among Kin, Friends and Strangers: Social Control in Cities, Suburbs and Towns
8. How Social Scientists, Planners and Reformers Figure out What's Going on and What Needs Fixing
9. Fixing People and Places
10. Embracing the Cultures of Urban People and Places

This book contributes to our understanding of the spatial connection of a PLACE to PEOPLE and their habitat.

Dr Quazi Zaman
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment , Robert Gordon University
December 13, 2023

Good intro and primer for UG students taking urban sociology modules

Dr Andrzej Zieleniec
Sociology , Keele University
August 12, 2014

The book raises the question of urbanization and urbanism alike. It stresses evidences in urbanization in developing and developed parts of the world. The recognition that urbanization in less developed countries has unfolded far more quickly and differently than it did in developed societies is highlighted. The according reasoning is well understandable and outlined in relation to given sociological pradigms. The link to 'urbanism' and the atmosphere of urban feeling and countanance is well embedded in the over-all agument of this exciting contribution to works on 'urban people and places'.

Professor Sabine Troeger, Dr.
Geography Institute - Library, University of Bonn
May 16, 2014

This book has a refreshing, energising style that is immeasurably encouraging for students. There is an excellent introduction and first chapter setting the scene with useful 'questions for study and discussion at the ends.

Mr Barry Hills
Dept of Environmental Science, Glyndwr University
May 1, 2014

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Chapter 8

Daniel J. Monti

Daniel J. Monti, Jr. is Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Saint Louis University.  A graduate of Oberlin College and the University of North Carolina, he is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has written extensively on matters of urban affairs, race and ethnic relations, American civic life, inner-city redevelopment, and youth gangs.  He has been involved in an ongoing study of civic culture as it is expressed in cities across the United States and around the world. His books include Engaging Strangers: Civil Rites, Civic Capitalism, and Public Order in Boston (Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2013),The American City... More About Author

Michael Ian Borer

Michael Ian Borer is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is author of Faithful to Fenway: Believing in Boston, Baseball, and America’s Most Beloved Ballpark (NYU Press 2008) and Vegas Brews: Craft Beer and the Birth of a Local Scene (NYU Press 2019). He also co-authored Urban People and Places: The Sociology of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns (SAGE 2014) and Sociology in Everyday Life (Waveland 2016). Borer served as the 2021-2022 President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. More About Author

Lyn C. Macgregor

Lyn C. Macgregor received her undergraduate degree at Boston University and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently the Associate Director of the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science at Technology Studies there. She specializes in the sociology of culture, communities, and consumption, with a focus on the building of social ties and social networks. She is the author of Habits of the Heartland (2010). More About Author

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