Cities and Society (Blackwell Readers in Sociology) by Nancy Kleniewski

By Nancy Kleniewski

This designated anthology comprises vintage and quality modern writings that experience had a huge influence at the box of city experiences. The specialist and famous students who've written those essays conceal valuable issues that experience advanced during the last 25 years.

  • Brings jointly 20 of crucial vintage and modern readings on towns and society in a single available volume

  • Offers a world concentration, in addition to case stories, all through best specialists within the field

  • Includes an analytical advent via the editor

  • Provides assurance of present traits, theoretical views, and coverage issues

  • Features varied subject matters reminiscent of area, housing, globalization, the financial system, and social inequalities.

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This logic is, perforce, the same no matter where it takes place, no matter what the religion practiced or the language spoken by the capitalists and the workers. While agreeing on how to describe the broad trends of economic restructuring, scholars on the left and right disagree on how to evaluate the effects of these trends. Market-oriented analysts focus on the benefits of economic restructuring: urban restructuring 33 job creation, urban revitalization, greater efficiency, and enhanced national competitiveness.

Under the Gaullists, France developed some of the most powerful regional planning policies in any capitalist country. A wide array of regulations and incentives were used to disperse both population and jobs away from Paris to ‘‘growth poles’’ in surrounding suburbs and other regions. The policies were successful in ‘‘dedensifying’’ Paris; without these controls, the low-rise skyline in Paris would have come more to resemble New York’s (Savitch 1988). Opposition to the unchecked power of government technocrats, however, developed out of the participatory movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Treated as romantic, or as somehow irrational (see White and White 1962), this minority long was ignored, even in the face of accumulating journalistic portrayals of the evils of bigness. But certainly it was an easy observation to make that increased size was related to high levels of pollution, traffic congestion, and other disadvantages. Similarly, it was easy enough to observe that tax rates in large places were not generally less than those in small places; although it received little attention, evidence that per capita government costs rise with population size was provided a generation ago (see Hawley 1951).

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