Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-1313-5 • Hardback • December 2013 • $97.00 • (£75.00)
978-1-4422-1315-9 • eBook • December 2013 • $92.00 • (£71.00)
Lisa Benton-Short is associate professor of geography at George Washington University.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Cities of North America
Chapter 2: Changing Approaches to Urban Geography
Chapter 3: An Urban History
Chapter 4: Border Cities
Part I: Urban Economies
Chapter 5: Urban Economic Restructuring
David Wilson and Matthew Anderson
Chapter 6: Globalization and the City
Part II: Urban Governance
Chapter 7: Urban Governance
Thomas J. Vicino
Chapter 8: Planning and Politics
Part III: Urban Social/Cultural Challenges
Chapter 9: Urban Inequities
Deborah G. Martin
Chapter 10: Urban Demographics and Identities
Nathaniel M. Lewis
Chapter 11: Suburban Challenges
Part IV: The Urban Environment
Chapter 12: Cities and Pollution
Lisa Benton-Short and Christopher DeSousa
Chapter 13: Cities and Hazards
John P. Tiefenbacher
Chapter 14: Urban Sustainability
This ambitious volume . . .tackles the multitude of issues facing the 21st century North American city including economic restructuring, globalisation, changing urban governance, growing and emerging inequalities, changing demographics and identities, the new challenges of the suburbs, pollution, hazards and sustainability, as well as how the ways in which urban geographers study cities has changed. . . . An ideal text for any undergraduate urban studies class, particularly those in geography or sociology. . . . This is a great book and I will certainly use it in my urban sociology classes and I encourage other urbanists to do so as well.
— Urban Studies
A sparkling contribution to our knowledge of the urban issues facing the United States and Canada in this second decade of the twenty-first century. The editor has assembled a team of leading scholars, masterfully integrating their highly accessible chapters to maximize students' understanding of the rapidly changing metropolitan scene. Among the cutting-edge topics covered are changing approaches to urban geography, the latest impacts of globalization on cities and suburbs, the emergence of new social identities on the urban landscape, and the troubling effects of the ever-widening income gap. Especially valuable is the emphasis given to urban dimensions of the natural environment, which points toward the next big thing in researching and teaching about North American cities—urban sustainability. I wholeheartedly recommend this volume to anyone teaching courses in the urban-related social and environmental sciences as well as planners and policymakers concerned with the forces that continue to reshape the American metropolis.
— Peter O. Muller, University of Miami
North America became a majority-urban realm early in the twentieth century. The world became a majority-urban planet early in the twenty-first century. Urbanization has re-arranged populations everywhere, forced the creation of new living environments, overworked the networks of transportation and communication, and challenged local governments to provide jobs and services. None of this has happened without problems of continental proportion, and there is no better way to get a handle on those issues than by delving into Cities of North America.
— Donald J. Zeigler, Old Dominion University
Each thematic chapter highlights a range of small, medium, and large U.S. and Canadian citiesExplores critical environmental issues, often neglected by urban textbooks Includes city profiles that explain urban theory by putting it in the context of real-world casesTheory and method boxes reinforce the geographical framework Each chapter includes a guide to further reading and “cities on the web” for links to other resourcesAncillary Materials:PowerPoint slides are available for adopting professors. For instructions on how to access this material, contact email@example.com.
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