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Key Concepts in Urban Studies

Second Edition


© 2013 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Key Concepts in Urban Studies is written in an accessible, concise way and introduces students to the key topics in urban studies. Drawing examples from different parts of the world, this authoritative resource exposes students to the diverse forms that cities take, and the social, spatial and temporal dimensions of urban living. It is an essential resource for students across disciplines interested in the city."
 - Lily Kong, Singapore Management University

"An insightful multidisciplinary introduction to the multifarious places, processes and problems that constitute modern cities. Its short, digestible entries unpack the complexity and evolution of urban conditions, offering cross-references between concepts and links to key literature and to useful current and historical examples. The book’s clear, often sharp critical edge also encourages deeper enquiry."
- Quentin Stevens, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University

Key Concepts in Urban Studies is an essential companion for students of urban studies, urban sociology, urban politics, urban planning and urban development.

This revised edition has been updated and expanded to provide a keen global focus, particularly in emerging economies with discussions on the creation of “dream cities” in the Gulf States and a renewed emphasis on building mega-scaled “downtowns” in India and China. New features include:
  • Contemporary and international examples throughout.
  • Detailed entries on environmental concerns and the sustainability of urban development.
  • Discussion of the role of consumption in city culture and urban development.
  • New entries on modern urban planning and adaptive urbanism.

Key Concepts in Urban Studies is a must-have text with an explicit focus on contemporary urbanism which students will find invaluable during their studies.

Mark Gottdiener is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at The University at Buffalo (SUNY). Leslie Budd is Reader in Social Science at the Open University. Panu Lehtovuori is Professor of Planning Theory at Tampere University of Technology.

 
Chicago School
 
The City
 
The City and Beyond
 
Classifications and Definitions of Places
 
Community Development Programmes
 
Cultures and Lifestyles
 
De-Territorialisation and Re-Territorialisation
 
Financial and Fiscal Crises
 
Gendered Spaces
 
Gentrification and Urban Re-development
 
Global Cities and Regionalization
 
Globalization and Meltdown
 
Housing
 
Immigration, Migration and Demography
 
Inequality and Poverty
 
Informal Economy
 
Models of Urban Growth
 
Modern Urban Planning
 
Multi-Centered Metropolitan Regions
 
Neighbourhood
 
Nightscapes and Urban Escapades
 
Planning and Public Space
 
Preservation and Conservation
 
The Primate City
 
Real Estate
 
Segregation and Hyper-Segregation
 
Slums and Shanty Towns
 
Social Production of Space
 
Sprawl
 
Suburbs and Suburbanisation
 
Sustainable Urbanization
 
Temporary uses and Adaptive Urbanism
 
Urban and Suburban Politics
 
Urban Violence and Crime
 
Urbanization and Urbanism

This book is a really good guide when the students in urban planning course are coming from different cultures, perhaps lacking some back ground skills in planning generally.

Dr Helena Marja Teräväinen
Accounting , Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
October 15, 2016

Timely book on key concepts written for students which is accesible

Dr Natalia Gerodetti
Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University
September 23, 2016

This small handbook introduces over 30 main concepts we are using in teaching urban studies today and it is very useful in urban studies as well as in urban planning, urban sociology, urban politics and urban development. In the preface the authors share their concern transformingn about the ”rise” of the city and the hype over its universal values . transforming the global socio-economic environment, when the main voice in celebrity academics seems to believe that urbanization is including the silver bullet for sustainable economic growth.
The book is serving a critical viewpoint with not only defining the selection of the important concepts but also opening them through examples from different cities all over the world and giving exact references among the literature in the field.
I would appreciate to see this book in the hands of our students, also advanced ones, as a guide for them when they are independently trying to find their way in urban studies’ many routes.

Dr Helena Marja Teräväinen
Accounting , Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
December 9, 2015

This small handbook introduces over 30 main concepts we are using in teaching urban studies today and it is very useful in urban studies as well as in urban planning, urban sociology, urban politics and urban development. In the preface the authors share their concern transformingn about the ”rise” of the city and the hype over its universal values . transforming tThe global socio-economic environment , when the main voice in celebrity academics seems to believe that urbanization is including (carrying?) the silver bullet for sustainable economic growth.

The book is serving a critical viewpoint with not only defining the selection of the important concepts but also opening them through examples from different cities all over the world and giving exact references among the literature in the field.

I would appreciate to see this book in the hands of our students, also advanced ones, as a guide for them when they are independently trying to find their way in urban studies’ many routes.

Dr Helena Marja Teräväinen
Accounting , Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
December 9, 2015

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