The urban world is a provocative terrain on which to contemplate the central institutions, structures and problems of the social world and how they have transformed over the last 200 years. This Reader traverses this terrain through sections on urban social theory, social difference in the city, culture in everyday life, culture and the urban economy, globalization and the world system and urban social movements. Drawing together seminal selections covering the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, this Reader includes forty significant writings from eminent names such as Simmel, Wirth, Park, Burgess, Zukin, Sassen, Smith and Castells. Selections are predominantly sociological, but some readings cross disciplinary boundaries. Providing an essential resource for students of urban studies, this book brings together important but, until now, widely dispersed writings. Editorial commentaries precede each entry; introducing the text, demonstrating its significance, and outlining the issues surrounding its topic, whilst the associated bibliography enables deeper investigations.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: Urbanism And Community 1. Introduction 2. Community and Society Ferdinand Tonnies 3. The Metropolis and Mental Life Georg Simmel 4. Urbanism as a Way of Life Louis Wirth 5. Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Reevaluation of Definitions Herbert Gan 6. Theories of Urbanism Claude Fischer Plate Section Part 2: The Form and Function of Cities 7. Introduction 8. Human Ecology Robert Park 9. The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project Ernest Burgess 10. The Natural Areas of a City Harvey Zorbaugh 11. Sentiment and Symbolism as Ecological Variables Walter Firey 12. The City as a Growth Machine John Logan and Harvey Molotch 13. Los Angeles and the Chicago School: Invitation to a Debate Michael Dear Plate Section Part 3: Inequality and Social Difference 14. Introduction 15. The Cost of Racial and Class Exclusion in the Inner City Loic J. D. Wacquant and William Julius Wilson 16. Segregation and the Making of the Underclass Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton 17. Urban Outcasts: Stigma and Division in the Black American Ghetto and the French Urban Periphery Loic J. D. Wacquant 18. The Immigrant Enclave: Theory and Empirical Examples Alejandro Portes and Robert D. Manning 19. Men Without Property: The Tramp's Classification and Use of Urban Space James Duncan Plate Section Part 4: Gender And Sexuality 20. Introduction 21. City Spatial Structure, Women's Household Work, and National Urban Policy Ann R. Markusen 22. 'Race', Space, and Power: The Survival Strategies of Working Poor Women Melissa R. Gilbert 23. Gender and Space: Lesbians and Gay Men in the City Sy Adler and Johanna Brenner 24. Freeing South Africa: The 'Modernization' of Male-Male Sexuality in Soweto Donald L. Donham Plate Section Part 5: Globalization and Urban Change 25. Introduction 26. The World City Hypothesis John Friedmann 27. The Urban Impact of Economic Globalization Saskia Sassen 28. Power in Place: Retheorizing the Local and the Global Michael Peter Smith 29. City Life: West African Communities in New York Paul Stoller and Jasmin Tahmaseb McConath 30. Globalization and the Revalorizing of Ethnic Places in Immigration Gateway Cities Jan Lin Plate Section Part 6: Culture and the Urban Economy 31. Introduction 32. Whose Culture? Whose City? Sharon Zukin 33. Cities and the Creative Class Richard Florida 34. Looking at Themed Environments Mark Gottdiener 35. Globalization, Culture and Neighborhood Change Christopher Mele Plate Section Part 7: Urban Exclusion and Social Resistance 36. Introduction 37. Chinatown, Part Two?: The 'Internationalization' of Downtown Los Angeles Mike Davis 38. Fortified Enclaves: The New Urban Segregation Teresa P. R. Caldeira 39. Urban Social Movements -- Local Thematics, Global Spaces Pierre Hamel, Henri Lustiger-Thaler and Margit Mayer 40. Glocalizing Protest: Urban Conflicts and Global Social Movements Betina Kohler and Markus Wissen Plate Section
Jan Lin is Associate Professor of Sociology at Occidental College, Los Angeles, and Christopher Mele is Associate Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Buffalo.