The United Nations estimates that by 2030, more than 2/3 of the total world population will live in urban areas. Most of this increase will take place not in Europe or in the United States but in the megacities and newly emerging urban regions of what used to be called the developing world. Urban studies is an expansive and growing field, covering many disciplines and professional fields, each with its own schedule of conferences, journals, and publication series. These two volumes address the specific theories, key studies, and important figures that have influenced not just the individual discipline but also the field of urban studies more generally. This work is intended to present an overview of current work in the field and to serve as a guide for further reading. Includes important work and traditions from each of the urban disciplines, including urban anthropology, urban economics, urban geography, urban history, urban politics, urban psychology, and urban sociology; Addresses both the growth and expansion of urban areas (urbanization) and the nature and quality of urban life (urbanism); and Demonstrates the international and interdisciplinary nature of the field.
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