Urban Sociology: A Global Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 25, 2013 - Social Science - 225 pages
This concise yet comprehensive overview of the political and economic development of the world's cities offers a unique emphasis on its cultural impacts. The book emphasizes the transition from modern (industrial) to post-modern (post-industrial) eras and its effect on established and developing global cities, and arguments are supported with case studies for each of the main concepts of urban theory and research. Mark Abrahamson analyzes contemporary global cities - ranging from Lagos to Los Angeles, Paris to Beijing - helping students relate concepts to concrete places and understand the global nature of contemporary urban development. Rigorous yet accessible, this textbook includes key learning features designed to enrich student understanding and engagement, including chapter-by-chapter glossaries, summaries, and suggestions for further reading.
 

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Contents

2
21
3
43
4
69
Postmodern urban theory
97
Income inequality
123
7
154
8
185
Tourism and the experience economy
210
A political overview
235
Global cityregions
247
Glossary
259
Author index
265
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Mark Abrahamson is Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Urban Enclaves: Identity and Place in the World (2006) and Global Cities (2004).

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