Readings

Required Texts

Buy at Amazon [Readings in Urban Theory] = Fainstein, Susan, and Scott Campbell. Readings in Urban Theory. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Limited, 2002. ISBN: 9780631223450.

Buy at Amazon [The City Reader] = Legates, Richard, and Frederick Stout. The City Reader. New York, NY: Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 9780415770842.

Buy at Amazon [Metromarxism] = Merrifield, Andy. Metromarxism: A Marxist Tale of the City. New York, NY: Routledge, 2002. ISBN: 9780415933490.

Readings by Session

SES # TOPICS READINGS
1 Introduction  
2 Classical foundations

Required readings

Durkheim, Emile. "Division of Labour in Society." In Sociology: An Introduction: From the Classics to Contemporary Feminists. Edited by Gordon Bailey and Noga Gayle. Don Mills, Canada: Oxford University Press, 1993, pp. 121-134. ISBN: 9780195409406.

Aldous, Joan, Emile Durkheim, and Ferdinand Tonnies. "An Exchange between Durkheim and Tonnies on the Nature of Social Relations, with an Introduction by Joan Aldous." The American Journal of Sociology 77, no. 6 (1972): 1191-1200.

Buy at Amazon Simmel, Georg. "The Metropolis and Mental Life." In The Sociology of Georg Simmel. Edited by Kurt H. Wolff. New York, NY: Free Press, 1964, pp. 409-424. ISBN: 9780029289204.

Buy at Amazon Weber, Max. "The Nature of Cities." In The City. New York, NY: Free Press, 1966. ISBN: 9780029342107.

Merrifield, Andrew. "Karl Marx: Commodities and Cities with Sober Senses." Metromarxism, pp. 13-30.

———. "Friedrich Engels: Backstreet Boy in Manchester." Metromarxism, pp. 31-48.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Tilly, Charles. "Misreading, Then Rereading, Nineteenth-century Social Change." In Social Structures: A Network Approach. Edited by Barry Wellman and Stephen Berkowitz. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988, pp. 332-358. ISBN: 9780521286879.

Redfield, Robert. "The Folk Society." The American Journal of Sociology 52, no. 4 (1947): 293-308.

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Tonnies, Ferdinand. Community and Society. New York, NY: Dover Publications, 2002. ISBN: 9780486424972.

Buy at Amazon Marx, Karl. "The Commodity" and "The Process of Exchange." Chapters 1 and 2 in Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy. New York, NY: Penguin Classics, 1992. ISBN: 9780140445688.

Buy at Amazon Engels, Friedrich. The Conditions of the Working Class in England. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780192836885.

3 The ecological view I: the Chicago School

Required readings

Wirth, Louis. "Urbanism as a Way of Life." The American Journal of Sociology 44, no. 1 (1938): 1-24. (Also available in The City Reader, pp. 97-104) (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF - 2.3MB)

Park, Robert E. "The City: Suggestions for the Investigation of Human Behavior in the City Environment." The American Journal of Sociology 20, no. 5 (1915): 577-612.

Park, Robert E. "Human Ecology." The American Journal of Sociology 42, no. 1 (1936): 1-15.

Buy at Amazon Burgess, Ernest W. "The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project." In The City. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 1984, pp. 47-62. ISBN: 9780226646114.

Buy at Amazon McKenzie, Roderick. "The Ecological Approach to the Study of the Human Community." In The City. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 1984, pp. 63-79. ISBN: 9780226646114.

Milgram, Stanley. "The Experience of Living in Cities." Science 167 (1970): 1461-1468.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon LaFarge, Albert. The Essential William H. Whyte. New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780823220267.

Buy at Amazon Maier, Richard. "The Civic Bond." Chapter 2 in A Communications Theory of Urban Growth. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1962. ISBN: 9780262130127.

Additional suggested readings

Harris, Chauncy D., and Edward L. Ullman. "The Nature of Cities." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 242 (1945): 7-17.

Hoyt, Homer. The Structure and Growth of Residential Neighbourhoods in American Cities. Washington, DC: U.S. Federal Housing Administration, 1939.

4 The ecological view II: the social, spatial, natural, and built environment

Required readings

Dunlap, Riley E., and William R. Catton Jr. "Environmental Sociology." Annual Review of Sociology 5 (1979): 243-273.

Buy at Amazon Michelson, William, and Willem van Vliet. "Theory and the Sociological Study of the Built Environment." In Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Edited by Riley Dunlap and William Michelson. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001, pp. 33-69. ISBN: 9780313268083.

Buy at Amazon Abrentzen, Sherry. "Socio-Behavioral Qualities of the Built Environment." In Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Edited by Riley Dunlap and William Michelson. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001, pp. 70-95. ISBN: 9780313268083.

Buy at Amazon Gans, Herbert. "Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Re-evaluation of Definitions." In People, Plans, and Policies: Essays on Poverty, Racism, and Other National Urban Problems. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1994, pp. 51-69. ISBN: 9780231074032.

Fischer, Claude. "The Subcultural Theory of Urbanism: A Twentieth-Year Assessment." The American Journal of Sociology 101, no. 3 (1995): 543-577.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Dunlap, Riley. "Paradigms, Theories, and Environmental Sociology." In Sociological Theory and the Environment: Classical Foundations, Contemporary Insights. Edited by Frederick Buttel, August Gijswijt, Peter Dickens, and Riley Dunlap. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2002, pp. 329-350. ISBN: 9780742501867.

Fischer, Claude S. "Toward a Subcultural Theory of Urbanism." The American Journal of Sociology 80, no. 6 (1975): 1319-1341.

Buy at Amazon Tilly, Charles. "The Pattern of the Metropolis." In An Urban World. Edited by Kevin, Lynch. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1974, pp. 298-315.

Buy at Amazon Hawley, Amos. Human Ecology: A Theoretical Essay. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780226319841.

Wellman, Barry. "The Community Question: The Intimate Networks of East Yorkers." The American Journal of Sociology 84, no. 5 (1979): 1201-1231.

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Tilly, Charles. "The Historic and the Structural Theories of Urban Form: Their Implications for Urban Renewal." In An Urban World. Edited by William Alonso. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1974, pp. 441-446.

Buy at Amazon Bookchin, Murray. The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2005. ISBN: 9781904859260.

Buy at Amazon Michelson, William. Man and His Urban Environment: Sociological Approach. Revised ed. Boston, MA: Longman Higher Education, 1976. ISBN: 9780201047264.

Dunlap, Riley E. and William R. Catton Jr. "Struggling with Human Exemptionalism: The Rise, Decline and Revitalization of Environmental Sociology." The American Sociologist 25, no. 1 (1994): 5-30.

Buy at Amazon Fischer, Claude. To Dwell among Friends: Personal Networks in Town and City. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780226251387. (Read chapters 1, 2, 7, 8, and 10)

Field, Donald R., and Darryll R. Johnson. "Rural Communities and Natural Resources: A Classical Interest." The Rural Sociologist 6, no. 2 (1986): 187-196.

Buy at Amazon Michelson, William. Environmental Choice, Human Behavior, and Residential Satisfaction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780195021448.

Buy at Amazon Hawley, Amos. Human Ecology: A Theory of Community Structure. New York, NY: Ronald Press Co., 1950. ISBN: 9780826039200.

Buy at Amazon Rae, Douglas W. City: Urbanism and Its End. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780300107746.

5 The urban ethnographic tradition

Reading Group 1

Buy at Amazon Gans, Herbert. Urban Villagers: Group and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans. New York, NY: The Free Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780029112403.

Buy at Amazon Venkatesh, Sudhir. American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780674008304.

Reading Group 2

Buy at Amazon Whyte, William F. Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum. 4th ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1993. ISBN: 9780226895451.

Buy at Amazon Pattillo, Mary. Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780226649320.

Both Groups

Whyte, William H. "The Design of Spaces. In The City Reader, pp. 429-436.

Young, Alford A. "Herbert Gans and the Politics of Urban Ethnography in the (Continued) Age of the Underclass." City & Community 6, no. 1 (2007): 7-20.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Gregory, Steven. Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780691029368.

Buy at Amazon Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York, NY: Modern Library, 1993. ISBN: 9780679600473.

Buy at Amazon Liebow, Elliot. Tally's Corner: A Study of Negro Streetcorner Men. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1967.

Buy at Amazon Pattillo-McCoy, Mary. Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780226649290.

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Anderson, Elijah. Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780226018164.

Buy at Amazon Caldeira, Teresa. City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in Sao Paulo. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780520221437.

Buy at Amazon Gans, Herbert. The Levittowners. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780231055710.

Buy at Amazon Kefalas, Maria. Working-Class Heroes: Protecting Home, Community, and Nation in a Chicago Neighborhood. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780520235434.

Buy at Amazon McDermott, Monica. Working-Class White: The Making and Unmaking of Race Relations. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780520248090.

Buy at Amazon McLeod, Jay. Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780813343587.

Buy at Amazon Young, Alford A. The Minds of Marginalized Black Men: Making Sense of Mobility, Opportunity, and Future Life Chances. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780691127002.

Buy at Amazon Vidich, Arthur, and Joseph Bensman. Small Town in Mass Society: Class, Power, and Religion in a Rural Community. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780252068904.

6 Urban political economy I: cities, industrialization, and socio-spatial change

Required readings

Buy at Amazon Mumford, Lewis. The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects. New York, NY: Harcourt, 1961. ISBN: 9780156180351.

Merrifield, Andrew. "Walter Benjamin: The City of Profane Illumination." In Metromarxism.

Howard, Ebenezer. "The Town-country Magnet." The City Reader, pp. 309-316.

Wright, Frank Lloyd. "Broad-Acre City: A New Community Plan." The City Reader, pp. 325-330.

Buy at Amazon Charles Tilly. "The Chaos of the Living City." In An Urban World. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1974, pp. 86-107.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Mumford, Lewis. The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects. New York, NY: Harcourt, 1961. ISBN: 9780156180351.

Buy at Amazon Sennett, Richard. Families against the City: Middle Class Homes of Industrial Chicago, 1872-1890. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984, pp. 59-149. ISBN: 9780674292260.

Buy at Amazon Tilly, Charles. "If All the World Were Philadelphia: A Scaffolding for Urban History, 1774-1930." In An Urban World. Edited by Sam Bass Warner. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1974, pp. 315-331.

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Sjoberg, Gideon. The Preindustrial City: Past and Present. New York, NY: Free Press, 1965. ISBN: 9780029289808.

Buy at Amazon Benjamin, Walter. "Paris, Capital of the Twentieth Century." In The Arcades Project. Edited by Rolf Tiedemann. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780674008021.

Buy at Amazon Sennett, Richard. The Fall of Public Man. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 1992. ISBN: 9780393308792.

7 Urban political economy II: capitalism and urban dynamics

Required readings

Merrifield, Andrew. "Henri Lefebvre: The Urban Revolution." Metromarxism, pp. 71-92.

———. "Manuel Castells: The City of Althusser and Social Movements." Metromarxism, pp. 113-132.

———. "David Harvey: The Geopolitics of Urbanization." Metromarxism, pp. 133-157.

———. "Marshall Berman: A Marxist Urban Romance." Metromarxism, pp. 157-173.

Buy at Amazon Sawers, Larry. "New Perspectives on Urban Political Economy." In Marxism and the Metropolis: New Perspectives in Urban Political Economy. Edited by William Tabb and Larry Sawers. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1984, pp. 3-20. ISBN: 9780195033083.

Buy at Amazon Gordon, David. "Capitalist Development and the History of American Cities." In Marxism and the Metropolis: New Perspectives in Urban Political Economy. Edited by William Tabb and Larry Sawers. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1984, pp 54-81. ISBN: 9780195033083.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Saunders, Peter. Urban Politics: A Sociological Interpretation. London, UK: Hutchinson Educational, 1984, pp. 66-136. ISBN: 9780091531119.

Buy at Amazon Castells, Manuel. The Castells Reader on Cities and Social Theory. Edited by Ida Susser. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Limited, 2002. ISBN: 9780631219330. (Read Part I)

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Lefebvre, Henri. The Urban Revolution. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780816641604.

Buy at Amazon David, Harvey. The Urbanization of Capital: Studies in the History and Theory of Capitalist Urbanization. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press, 1985. ISBN: 9780801831447.

Buy at Amazon Schlosberg, David. Defining Environmental Justice: Theories, Movements, and Nature. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780199562480. (Read chapters 1, 2, 5, and 6)

Pellow, David. "Environmental Inequality Formation." American Behavioral Scientist 43, no. 4 (2000): 581-601.

Buy at Amazon Pellow, David, and Robert Brulle. Power, Justice, and the Environment. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2005, pp. 1-53. ISBN: 9780262661935.

Fainstein, Susan. Planning and the Just City. Paper prepared for Conference on Searching for the Just City, GSAPP, Columbia University, April 29, 2006.(This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)

8 Urban political economy III: elites, political power, and urban dynamics

Required readings

Logan, Jonathan, and Harvey Molotch. "The City as a Growth Machine." Chapter 10 in Readings in Urban Theory.

Squires, Gregory D. "Partnership and the Pursuit of the Private City." Chapter 11 in Readings in Urban Theory.

Smith, Neil. "Gentrification, the Frontier, and the Restructuring of Urban Space." Chapter 12 in Readings in Urban Theory.

Painter, Joe. "Regulation Theory, Post-Fordism, and Urban Politics." Chapter 5 in Readings in Urban Theory.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Mollenkopf, John. The Contested City. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983. ISBN: 9780691022208.

Buy at Amazon Fainstein, Susan. The City Builders: Property Development in New York and London, 1980-2000. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2001. ISBN: 9780700611331.

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Katznelson, Ira. City Trenches: Urban Politics and the Patterning of Class in the United States. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780226426730.

Buy at Amazon Friedland, Roger. Power and Crisis in the City: Corporations, Unions, and Urban Policy. New York, NY: MacMillan, 1982. ISBN: 9780333260760.

Buy at Amazon Logan, John, and Harvey Molotch. Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780520254282.

Buy at Amazon Abu-Lughod, Janet. From Urban Village to East Village: The Battle for New York's Lower East Side. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1994. ISBN: 9781557865250.

9 The truly disadvantaged: class, race, ethnicity, and culture

Required readings

Zukin, Sharon. "Whose Culture, Whose City." The City Reader, pp. 136-146.

Wilson, William Julius. "From Institutional to Jobless Ghettos." The City Reader, pp. 126-135.

Buy at Amazon Merrifield, Andy. "Social Justice and Communities of Difference: A Snapshot from Liverpool." In The Urbanization of Injustice. Edited by Eric Swyngedouw and Andrew Merrifield. New York, NY: New York University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780814755761.

Massey, Douglas. "American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass." American Journal of Sociology 96, no. 2 (1990): 329-357.

Sampson, Robert. "Disparity and Diversity in the Contemporary City." British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 1-31.

Davis, Diane. "Taking Place and Space Seriously: Reflections on 'Disparity and Diversity in the Contemporary City.'" British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 39-47.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Sugrue, Thomas J. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780691121864. (Part II and III)

Buy at Amazon Katz, Michael. The "Underclass" Debate. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780691006284.

Buy at Amazon Festinger, Leon. Social Pressures in Informal Groups: A Study of Human Factors in Housing. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1950. ISBN: 9780804701747.

Buy at Amazon Wilson, William Julius. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780226901312.

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Castells, Manuel. The Castells Reader on Cities and Social Theory. Edited by Ida Susser. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Limited, 2002, (Read Part II). ISBN: 9780631219330.

Buy at Amazon Zukin, Sharon. The Cultures of Cities. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Limited, 1996. ISBN: 9781557864376.

Buy at Amazon Davis, Mike. City of Quartz. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1992. ISBN: 9780679738060.

Buy at Amazon Klinenberg, Eric. Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press, 2003, (Read chapter 2). ISBN: 9780226443225.

Buy at Amazon Bullard, Robert. Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780262524704.

Gilroy, Paul. "A Response." British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 33-38.

Bottoms, Anthony. "Disorder, Order and Control Signals." British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 49-55.

Sennett, Richard. "Urban Disorder Today." British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 57-58.

Wikström, Per-Olof H. "Questions of Perception and Reality." British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 59-63.

Body-Gendrot, Sophie. "A Plea for Urban Disorder." British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 65-73.

Wiles, Paul. "Disadvantage, Disorder and Diversity." British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 75-81.

Sampson, Robert. "Analytic Approaches to Disorder." British Journal of Sociology 60, no. 1 (2009): 83-93.

10 Social networks, new technologies, and the city

Required readings

Sassen, Saskia. "The Impact of New Technologies and Globalization on Cities." The City Reader, pp. 212-220.

Wellman, Barry, and Scot Wortley. "Different Strokes From Different Folks: Community Ties and Social Support." American Journal of Sociology 96, no. 3 (1990): 558-88.

Buy at Amazon Wellman, Barry. "The Network Community: An Introduction." In Networks in the Global Village: Life in Contemporary Communities. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999, pp. 1-48. ISBN: 9780813368214.

Granovetter, Mark. "The Strength of Weak Ties". American Journal of Sociology 78, no. 6 (1973): 1360-1380.

Calhoun, Craig. "Community Without Propinquity Revisited: Communications Technology and the Transformation of the Urban Public Sphere." Sociological Inquiry 68, no. 3 (1998): 373-379.

Gieryn, Thomas. "A Space for Place in Sociology." Annual Review of Sociology 26 (2000): 463-496.

Graham, Stephen. "Bridging Urban Digital Divides? Urban Polarisation and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs)." Urban Studies 39, no. 1 (2002): 33-56.

Matei, Sorin, and Sandra Ball-Rokeach. "Real and Virtual Social Ties: Connections in the Everyday Lives of Seven Ethnic Neighborhoods." American Behavioral Scientist 45, no. 3 (2001): 550-564.

Additional core readings

Hampton, Keith. "Grieving for a Lost Network: Collective Action in a Wired Suburb." The Information Society 19 (2003): 417-428. (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)

Buy at Amazon Putnam, Robert. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York, NY: Simon & Shuster, 2001. ISBN: 9780743203043.

Buy at Amazon Webber, Melvin. "Order in Diversity: Community without Propinquity." Cities and Space: The Future Use of Urban Land. Edited by Lowdon Wingo. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press, 1963, pp. 23-54.

Buy at Amazon Wellman, Barry. Networks in the Global Village: Life in Contemporary Communities. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780813368214.

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Fischer, Claude. America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780520086470.

Fischer, Claude. "Bowling Alone: What's the Score?" Social Networks 27, no. 2 (2005): 155-167.

Buy at Amazon Ling, Rich. The Mobile Connection: The Cell Phone's Impact on Society. San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann, 2004. ISBN: 9781558609365.

Buy at Amazon Katz, James E., and Ronald E. Rice. Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement, and Interaction. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780262112697.

11 Globalization and cities

Required readings

Davis, Diane. "Cities in Global Context: A Brief Intellectual History." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 29, no. 1 (2005): 92-109.

Sassen, Saskia. "New Frontiers Facing Urban Sociology at the Millennium." British Journal of Sociology 51, no. 1 (2000): 143-159.

Buy at Amazon King, Anthony D. Global Cities: Post-imperialism and the Internationalization of London. New York, NY: Routledge, 1991. ISBN: 9780415062411.

Buy at Amazon Smith, Michael Peter. "Transnationalism and the City." In The Urban Moment: Cosmopolitan Essays on the Late 20th Century City. Edited by Robert Beauregard, Sophie Body-Gendrot and Line Beauregard. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1999, pp. 119-140. ISBN: 9780761914853.

Buy at Amazon DeFilippis, James. "Understanding Capital Mobility, the "New Urban Politics," and Local Autonomy." Chapter 1 in Unmaking Goliath: Community Control in the Face of Global Capital. New York, NY: Routledge, 2003, pp. 17-60. ISBN: 9780415945257.

Graham, Stephen. "Beyond the 'Dazzling Light': From Dreams of Transcendence to the 'Remediation' of Urban Life." New Media and Society 6 no. 1 (2004): 16-25.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Sassen, Saskia. The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780691070636.

Buy at Amazon Levitt, Peggy. The Transnational Villagers. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780520228139.

Buy at Amazon Roberts, J. Timmons and Peter E. Grimes. "World-System Theory and the Environment: Toward a New Synthesis." In Sociological Theory and the Environment: Classical Foundations, Contemporary Insights. Edited by Frederick Buttel, August Gijswijt, Peter Dickens, and Riley Dunlap. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2002, pp. 167-194. ISBN: 9780742501867.

Additional suggested readings

Buy at Amazon Clark, David. Urban World/Global City. New York, NY: Routledge, 2003. ISBN: 9780415320986.

Buy at Amazon Drainville, Andre. Contesting Globalization: Space and Place in the World Economy. New York, NY: Routledge, 2004. ISBN: 9780415319300.

Buy at Amazon Marcuse, Peter, and Ronald Van Kempen. Globalizing Cities: A New Spatial Order? Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2000. ISBN: 9780631212904.

Buy at Amazon Sites, William. Remaking New York: Primitive Globalization and the Politics of Urban Community. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780816641567.

12 From cities in global context to the post-modern (and pre-modern?) city

Required readings

Beauregard, Robert. "City of Superlatives." City and Community 2, no. 3 (2003): 183-199.

Dear, Michael. "Response to Beauregard-Superlative Urbanisms: The Necessity for Rhetoric in Social Theory." City and Community 2, no. 3 (2003): 201-204.

Brenner, Neil. "Stereotypes, Archetypes, and Prototypes: Three Uses of Superlatives in Contemporary Urban Studies." City and Community 2, no. 3 (2003): 205-216.

Soja, Edward. "Taking L.A. Apart: Towards A Post-modern Geography." The City Reader, pp. 189-200.

Davis, Mike. "Fortress L.A." The City Reader, pp. 201-205.

Hannigan, John. "Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Post-modern Metropolis." Chapter 14 in Readings in Urban Theory.

Davis, Diane. "Speaking to the Silences: Do We Need a Sociology for the post-9/11 World?" International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society 18, nos. 3-4 (2005): 293-311.

Dunlap, Riley E., and Kent D. Van Liere. "The 'New Environmental Paradigm.'" Journal of Environmental Education 40, no. 1 (2008): 19-28.

Additional core readings

Buy at Amazon Sandercock, Leonie. Cosmopolis II: Mongrel Cities in the 21st Century. London, UK: Continuum, 2003, pp. 85-153. ISBN: 9780826464637.

Buy at Amazon Dear, Michael. From Chicago to L.A.: Re-visioning Urban Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2001. ISBN: 9780761920953.

Buy at Amazon Davis, Mike. Planet of Slums. New York, NY: Verso, 2007. ISBN: 9781844671601.

Buy at Amazon Beck, Ulrich. World at Risk. Cambridge, MA: Polity, 2009. ISBN: 9780745642017.