Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 June 2014

400 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199371969

Bookseller Code (04)

The Urban World

Tenth Edition

J. John Palen

Long the leading text in urban sociology, The Urban World continues to provide a comprehensive, balanced, up-to-date, and cross-cultural look at cities and suburbs around the world. Offering a twenty-first-century view of the changing urban scene, the text covers evolving urban patterns and the changing nature of urban life. Combining expert scholarship with an accessible style that students appreciate, J. John Palen is one of America's leading urban sociologists. He travels the world and adds fresh insights, gleaned firsthand, to each edition of his text. Featuring an exceptionally clear writing style, The Urban World is also enhanced by such enduring features as robust academic content and an instructor-friendly organization. The book is accompanied by a comprehensive test bank and PowerPoint-based slides for qualified instructors.

New to this Edition:

  • Includes the latest census findings on the revival of city growth since the Great Depression
  • Offers new boxed inserts on garbage pickers in Buenos Aires and Detroit's fight to survive
  • Addresses the continued growth of Latinos as the largest U.S. minority and the demographic, social, and political consequences of this change
  • Explains "Brain-Gain" cities and their appeal to Millennials and Gen-Y
  • Discusses the future of urban developments including smart growth, new urbanism, and the "greening" of cities
  • Includes new material on international cities, like Mumbai and Abu Dhabi, and fresh material on gentrification
  • Features updated discussions of homelessness, the political effect of growing minority voting strength, and changes in housing preferences following the collapse and rebirth of the housing market
  • Provides a list of key concepts at the end of each chapter

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