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    Xiangming Chen(Author)

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The World of Cities is a concise theoretical and empirical introduction to urban sociology. In clear and engaging terms, the book surveys and critiques all the major theoretical perspectives in urban studies.

  • Provides a concise introduction to urban sociology.
  • Uses clear and engaging terms.
  • Surveys the main theoretical models of urban studies.
  • Includes empirical data on contemporary cities and neighborhoods, and the impact of the world economy on city life.
  • Features a discussion of the current reconstructive efforts of educational, political, and business leaders to improve cities and maintain their civic culture.

‘The World of Cities is an intellectually strong and up-to-date synthesis, one that should prove useful to both students and sophisticated analysts alike.’ Harvey Molotch, University of California at Santa Barbara and New York University The World of Cities is a concise theoretical and empirical introduction to urban sociology. In clear and engaging terms, the book surveys and critiques all the major theoretical perspectives in urban studies. It examines the meanings of place and space, and applies these concepts to contemporary cities, communities, and neighborhoods. It then reviews the history of city-building in the United States from the late 18th century to the present time. Next it examines the impact of global economic and cultural forces on contemporary local places and city life in a comparative context, with illustrative examples and evidence from the United States and China. The final section discusses the current efforts of metropolitan leaders to improve cities and maintain the civic culture of a community. For the student of urban sociology and urban studies in general, this textbook is an ideal overview and synthesis of a fascinating and ever-changing field.

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  • PDF | 180 pages
  • Xiangming Chen(Author)
  • Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 2, 2003)
  • English
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  • By Sarah E. Alder on September 23, 2009

    My professor of Urban Studies picked this book because "it was the best theory based book out there". By page four, I was marking incorrect sentences, misspelled words, and correcting fragment sentences. They quote themselves extensively throughout the text (which can be helpful, but is a professional taboo) and continuously introduced other experts in Sociology incorrectly. At one instance, I had to look at the index to reference who they were even talking about because Orum & Chen never announced the person in the right way - they just threw a last name down on the page. So instead of highlighting pertinent facts and information, I soon went on to edit the text and have retained NO knowledge or confirmation that the two authors knew what they were talking about. This is by far the WORST textbook I have ever purchased in the four years I have been in College. I am incredibly disappointed in Orum & Chen AND Blackwell Publishing. They will definitely be getting a letter of complaint from me!

  • By Kimberly on February 7, 2017

    This was part of my sociology class's required textbook list. We are required to read two chapters every week as a part of the class. The book is extremely dry and the chapters are LONG! I hardly understand what they were talking about. I wish the textbook was cheaper and easier to find as a rental. If you are going to take a class that requires this book, I recommend getting this as a Kindle version. My class is an online class and since it's hard to understand and follow what is being said in the book, I don't understand the concepts nor have the time since my tests come very quickly. Getting the Kindle version will allow you to search the text in the book and see where they mention concepts. This book is not an easy read.

  • By S. Garcia on November 25, 2014

    I have been reading this for class and have not noticed any major errors in it. But that's besides the point. Although this book can at times be dull and tough to read (because of the author's writing style and the length of each chapter), Orum and Chen provide an easy-to-follow analysis of theories in urbanism and show the importance of placeness in cities. It is a very useful book for understanding urbanism from a sociological perspective.

  • By 24mark on June 21, 2007

    I could hardly believe how poorly written and edited this book was. I read it for a graduate-level course in urban issues, and very early on, I stopped reading for sense as my inner copy editor took over: instead of underlining useful passages or marking important points, I began to just strike out ridiculous jargon and rearrange sentences from the passive to the active voice. I'm a voracious reader, and quite well educated, and I have never seen such an incredibly poor job of non-fiction writing, editing, and publishing from serious professionals. Whatever virtues the book's content might have, they are toweringly overshadowed by the profound lack of care in its creation. I hope any future edition receives a complete overhaul.

  • By Michael Benton on October 25, 2007

    This introductory text is wide-ranging, interdisciplinary (with a sociological focus) and very up-to-date. The person below must have got a bad copy or simply has an axe to grind? I reviewed this book when it came out (favorably), used it in my courses (students liked it), and in my own place-based research/writing.


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