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An Introduction to Urban Geography

John R. Short (Author)

Designed as an introductory text for students at universities, colleges and polytechnics, this book describes the various approaches which geographers have applied to the study of urban areas over the years. It aims to integrate the study of cities and urbanism to a wider view of how society works, showing how social theories can be brought to bear on the analysis of the city and how an understanding of cities can enrich our view of society. By making students aware of the variety in the urban condition, it gives them a greater appreciation of the social context of urban living and provides a fresh insight into that generator of economic, social and political change, the city.

The text is broad in scope, and makes full use of the cross-cultural approach, drawing upon the wide range of the urban experience around the world. It also concerns itself with the redistributional consequences of urban patterns and social processes, and analyses the impact that public policy has in shaping urban areas, showing that the role of government is a key element in the analysis.

Contents: I. Setting the Scene: 1. Introduction. 2. The Urban Transformation. II. The Urban Systems: 3. Urban Systems and Economic Development. 4. Managing the Urban System. III. The Internal Structure of the City: 5. The City as Workplace. 6. The City as Residence. 7. Movement and Transport. 8. The City as Investment. 9. The City as Political Arena. IV. People and the Urban Environment: 10. Perception and Activity in the City. 11. The City as Ecological Unit.

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Bibliographic information

Title An Introduction to Urban Geography
Author John R. Short
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.02.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131610046
length 272p.