Urban Canada: Sociological Perspectives

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Harry H. Hiller
Oxford University Press, 2005 - Social Science - 350 pages
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Today, almost 80% of Canadian residents live in urban areas, as compared to about 50% in 1931. Canadian society is highly urbanized, and this change is reflected in numerous ways, from the economy and the sorts of jobs people have, to the loss of farmland and environmental degradation. From a sociological perspective, there are two different but complementary approaches to understanding urbanization. One is demographic, focusing on the movement of people to cities or the growing size and density of cities and the increasing heterogeneity of urban populations. The second view is more socio-cultural and emphasizes the pervasiveness of urban-oriented thinking, culture, and organization throughout society. In this view, it not where you live that is important but how you live. Urban Canada: Sociological Perspectives provides a succinct discussion on urban issues with specific focus on Canadian materials and the Canadian context. Several features include Aboriginal urbanizationin Canada, extensive focus oon both the rural and urban economy, immigration, crime, and gender. The overall emphasis of the text is to unite experts in the field of urban sociological issues from a Canadian perspective.

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Harry Hiller is in the Department of Sociology, University of Calgary.

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