Written from a postmodernist perspective, this work considers urban regions as built environments and goes beyond traditional social variables to examine economic and political dimensions of urban development. The text has a global outlook and takes a balanced approach to cities and suburbs. It introduces the paradigm - "social-spatial perspective" - to urban sociology, which is used to consider the role played by spacial considerations, such as the role of real estate in metropolitan development. Race, class and gender are dealt with in a balanced way. This edition includes new topics, such as focus groups and data management programs for data entry. Case studies are treated as a major form of social research and as such the text includes lengthy discussions of them.
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"The best urban sociology textbook available! This updated version of Gottdiener and Hutchison's respected text stands out for its critical sociospatial approach accenting key development actors, attention to urban theming and semiotics, savvy discussions of racial/gender issues, and studied attention to global contexts of U.S. and overseas urban development."--Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University ""The New Urban Sociology" blends theory and examples to give readers an accessible and engaging work suitable for undergraduates, urban scholars, and general readers. Gottdiener and Hutchison provide an innovative and brilliantly structured text to shed fresh light on the dominant trends and global processes shaping cities and urban life."--Kevin Fox Gotham, Tulane University "Bringing our understanding of global urban trends and recent urban policies bang up to date, "The New Urban Sociology" embraces a wide range of social, cultural, economic and political themes and issues. Clearly organized and smartly written, the volume will be of immense value to students of urban studies, urban history, and sociology and anyone interested in the key metropolitan issues of our time."--Mark Clapson, University Of Westminster "Hutchison and Gottdiener make this book more and more user friendly in the fourth edition...This book deserves to be read not only by upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, but also by scholars who are looking for a brief (but effective) overview on the city."--Gabriele Manella, University Of BolognaAbout the Author:
Mark Gottdiener is professor of sociology at SUNY-Buffalo and the recipient of the 2011 Robert and Helen Lynd Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of numerous books, including "The Theming of America; Las Vegas: The Social Production of an All-American City; New Forms of Consumption: Consumer, Culture, and Commodification; Postmodern Semiotics;" and "The Social Production of Urban Space." Ray Hutchison is professor of sociology and chair of urban and regional studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is series editor of "Research in Urban Sociology" and senior editor of the forthcoming three-volume "Encyclopedia of Urban Studies."
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