Being Urban: A Sociology of City Life by David A. Karp, Gregory P. Stone, William C. Yoels, Nicholas

By David A. Karp, Gregory P. Stone, William C. Yoels, Nicholas P. Dempsey

This 3rd version of a vintage city sociology textual content examines severe yet often-neglected points of city existence from a social-psychological theoretical perspective.

• offers an entire research of the $64000 social mental dimensions of city lifestyles which are frequently overlooked

• offers a entire description of the 19th-century theoretical roots of city sociology

• permits readers to determine concretely how theories are "applied" to light up the operation of quite a number city cultures, tactics, and structures

• Considers a couple of issues which are more likely to resonate with readers in my view, reminiscent of substitute methods to the idea that of "community," the day-by-day association of urban existence, and the phenomenon of city tolerance of diversity

• contains an up to date, new bankruptcy at the arts and concrete life

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Being Urban: A Sociology of City Life

This 3rd variation of a vintage city sociology textual content examines serious yet often-neglected points of city lifestyles from a social-psychological theoretical standpoint. • offers a whole research of the real social mental dimensions of city lifestyles which are usually missed• offers a finished description of the 19th-century theoretical roots of city sociology• permits readers to determine concretely how theories are "applied" to light up the operation of a variety of city cultures, techniques, and constructions• Considers a couple of themes which are prone to resonate with readers individually, equivalent to replacement methods to the idea that of "community," the day-by-day association of urban existence, and the phenomenon of city tolerance of variety• comprises an updated, new bankruptcy at the arts and concrete existence

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By offering a theoretically integrated perspective on experiencing city life, we will demonstrate throughout this work the value of symbolic interaction theory for analyzing the meanings of being urban. The perspective of symbolic interaction is based on the uncomplicated idea that the social world is composed of acting, thinking, defining, reacting, and interpreting human beings in interaction with one another. Persons are not merely puppets pushed around by forces over which they have no control.

A focus solely on individuals as a means of understanding the quality of city experience is, however, incomplete. In the remaining chapters, therefore, we consider the interrelationships between urban social groups and the effects of larger institutional arrangements. Chapter 7 explores a broad range of issues affecting urban political life. We elaborate on the pervasive and pronounced effects of hierarchical exclusionary political processes that promote a self-sustaining pattern of political dominance by better-off sectors of the population.

In pursuing his analysis, Tönnies devoted the bulk of his volume to the elaboration and description of two contrasting forms of human will. “Natural will,” the basis of Gemeinschaft, is conceived by Tönnies as an innate, unified motivating force that directly determines personal activity. “Rational will,” the basis of Gesellschaft, on the other hand, emerges from experience and is produced out of conscious deliberation. It is important to note that while in Tönnies’s terms, “natural will” (or passion) and “rational will” (or reason) can be distinguished analytically, they are always intertwined empirically.

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