Being Urban: A Sociology of City Life by David A. Karp, Gregory P. Stone, William C. Yoels, Nicholas

By David A. Karp, Gregory P. Stone, William C. Yoels, Nicholas P. Dempsey

This 3rd version of a vintage city sociology textual content examines severe yet often-neglected features of city lifestyles from a social-psychological theoretical perspective.

• offers a whole research of the real social mental dimensions of city existence which are frequently overlooked

• provides a accomplished description of the 19th-century theoretical roots of city sociology

• permits readers to determine concretely how theories are "applied" to light up the operation of a number city cultures, strategies, and structures

• Considers a few issues which are more likely to resonate with readers for my part, resembling replacement methods to the idea that of "community," the day-by-day association of urban lifestyles, and the phenomenon of city tolerance of diversity

• comprises an up to date, new bankruptcy at the arts and concrete life

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Others have seen dramatic turnarounds—where once New York was dirty and crime ridden, and on shaky financial grounds, it is now a global powerhouse with an almost-Disneyland feel in some places. All cities have had to contend in an increasingly globalized world, where economic and political events in faraway places impact the internal dynamics of even isolated cities. Suburbs have grown. The Internet is now available to almost every American, and some commentators have even wondered if cities would be dying out by now (they’re not).

In this respect we view ours as a work of revision. We do not seek to disprove or reject traditional and current sociological understandings of the urban place. We wish, instead, to indicate how these understandings may be incomplete or partial. Finally, the authors share a common theoretical orientation that gives impetus and unity to this enterprise. By offering a theoretically integrated perspective on experiencing city life, we will demonstrate throughout this work the value of symbolic interaction theory for analyzing the meanings of being urban.

1971:19) As our brief discussion indicates, a profound shift in the basis of social organization attended the growth of cities in Western civilization during the nineteenth century, with far-reaching consequences for institutional and personal life. Probably the most important advances in sociological theory have originated from the many attempts made by social scientists and social philosophers to explain this fundamental transformation in the nature of the social bond. While we may speak here of a “fundamental transformation,” we must simultaneously recognize that the nature of a social bond between persons is continuously in a state of transformation.

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