Title

Urbanism and Urbanization

Editors

A.J. Treviño, ed.

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Date

3-1-2018

Publication Title

The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Publisher Location

Cambridge

First page number:

475

Last page number:

488

Abstract

The social problems that arise specifically from the way people live in cities (i.e., urbanism) and the ways that cities grow (i.e., urbanization) echo many of the same issues that concern scholars of social problems in general. What makes “the city” unique, however, is that it plays host to many social problems that overlap, that merge, and that are connected within and between specific geographical places. The shift from rural, traditional human settlements to increasingly urban, industrial ones generated a great deal of fear and anxiety in both early urban studies scholars and early urban inhabitants. Here, we focus on a few of the main contemporary urban social problems related to race relations and other inequalities. Of particular interest to students and scholars investigating today's cities in the United States and around the world are the changing built environments and their urban populations. As such, we explore the role of gentrification and its effects on neighborhood demographics and the consistently shifting urbanism.

Disciplines

Sociology

Language

English

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