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  1. The Community Development Reader

    2nd Edition

    By James DeFilippis, Susan Saegert

    The Community Development Reader is the first comprehensive reader in the past thirty years that brings together practice, theory and critique concerning communities as sites of social change. With chapters written by some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the field, the book presents a...

    Published February 14th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Urban Tourism and Urban Change

    Cities in a Global Economy

    By Costas Spirou

    Series: The Metropolis and Modern Life

    Urban Tourism and Urban Change: Cities in a Global Economy provides both a sociological / cultural analysis of change that has taken place in many of the world's cities. This focused treatment of urban tourism examines the implications of these changes for urban management and planning sense, for...

    Published November 17th 2010 by Routledge

  3. The Power of Urban Ethnic Places

    Cultural Heritage and Community Life

    By Jan Lin

    Series: The Metropolis and Modern Life

    The Power of Ethnic Places discusses the growing visibility of ethnic heritage places in U.S. society. The book examines a spectrum of case studies of Chinese, Latino and African American communities in the U.S., disagreeing with any perceptions that the rise of ethnic enclaves and heritage places...

    Published September 27th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Unhealthy Cities

    Poverty, Race, and Place in America

    By Kevin Fitzpatrick, Mark LaGory

    The purpose of this book is to show the important role that space and place plays in the health of urban residents, particularly those living in high poverty ghettos. The book brings together research and writing from a variety of disciplines to demonstrate the health costs of being poor in America...

    Published September 6th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Unhealthy Cities

    Poverty, Race, and Place in America

    By Kevin Fitzpatrick, Mark LaGory

    The purpose of this book is to show the important role that space and place plays in the health of urban residents, particularly those living in high poverty ghettos. The book brings together research and writing from a variety of disciplines to demonstrate the health costs of being poor in America...

    Published September 6th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Neo-Bohemia

    Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City, 2nd Edition

    By Richard Lloyd

    Neo-Bohemia brings the study of bohemian culture down to the street level, while maintaining a commitment to understanding broader historical and economic urban contexts. Simultaneously readable and academic, this book anticipates key urban trends at the dawn of the twenty-first century,...

    Published May 7th 2010 by Routledge

  7. The Gentrification Debates

    A Reader

    By Japonica Brown-Saracino

    Series: The Metropolis and Modern Life

    Uniquely well suited for teaching, this innovative text-reader strengthens students’ critical thinking skills, sparks classroom discussion, and also provides a comprehensive and accessible understanding of gentrification....

    Published March 8th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Housing Policy in the United States

    2nd Edition

    By Alex F. Schwartz

    The most widely used and most widely referenced "basic book" on Housing Policy in the United States has now been substantially revised to examine the turmoil resulting from the collapse of the housing market in 2007 and the related financial crisis. The text covers the impact of the crisis in depth...

    Published February 1st 2010 by Routledge

  9. City Life from Jakarta to Dakar

    Movements at the Crossroads

    By AbdouMaliq Simone

    Series: Global Realities

    City Life from Jakarta to Dakar focuses on the politics incumbent to this process – an "anticipatory politics" – that encompasses a wide range of practices, calculations and economies. As such, the book is not a collection of case studies on a specific theme, not a review of developmental...

    Published December 16th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Common Ground?

    Readings and Reflections on Public Space

    By Anthony M. Orum, Zachary P. Neal

    Series: The Metropolis and Modern Life

    Public spaces have long been the focus of urban social activity, but investigations of how public space works often adopt only one of several possible perspectives, which restricts the questions that can be asked and the answers that can be considered. In this volume, Anthony Orum and Zachary Neal...

    Published August 6th 2009 by Routledge

  11. Branding New York

    How a City in Crisis Was Sold to the World

    By Miriam Greenberg

    Series: Cultural Spaces

    Winner of the 2009 Robert Park Book Award for best Community and Urban Sociology book! Branding New York traces the rise of New York City as a brand and the resultant transformation of urban politics and public life. Greenberg addresses the role of "image" in urban history, showing who produces...

    Published February 14th 2008 by Routledge