Now in its third edition, City Lights: Urban-Suburban Life in the
Global Society is the most interdisciplinary urban studies book on
the market. It skillfully blends social science perspectives with
insights from the visual arts and humanities to provide a
comprehensive introduction to cities, suburbs, and post-suburban
areas and how they work. Motivating students to develop their own
perspectives on the issues, author E. Barbara Phillips provides an
extended discussion of "doing social science," systematically
showing how scholarly controversy and public debates over
urban-suburban policy are rooted in deep-seated differences: in
ideologies, research methods, theoretical orientations, academic
disciplines, and/or levels of analysis. Featuring a unique
combination of serious scholarship and an accessible, engaging
writing style, City Lights, Third Edition, is ideal for courses in
urban sociology, urban studies, urban growth and development, urban
theory, and urban history. It incorporates many helpful pedagogical
features, including almost 200 photographs and illustrations,
real-life case studies, excerpts from classic works, key terms, and
suggestions for further learning. In addition, end-of-chapter
projects encourage students to apply what they have learned by
participating in research, activism, or other civic pursuits in
their own communities. Thoroughly revised and updated, the third
edition features * A focus on the U.S. city but also a global
emphasis throughout, with in-depth profiles of such cities as
Kyoto, Cordoba, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Mexico City; numerous
global-local links; and a new chapter (5) on global urbanization
and the urban system * Updated statistical data * Detailed coverage
of the Internet's influence on personal, political, and economic
relations* Discussions of numerous new topics including the impact
of terrorism on cities, new immigrants in the U.S. and elsewhere,
gated communities, building "green," and the "New Urbanism" in the
U.S* Analyses of recent political, social, and economic
changes--including economic downturns--and their effects on
urbanites and suburbanites in the U.S. and worldwide"
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