Urban Sociology (urban + sociology)

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Selected Abstracts


The future of urban sociology: report of joint sessions of the British and American Sociological Associations

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH, Issue 4 2002
Beth Perry
This article reports on two joint sessions of the British and American Sociological Associations held during the course of 2001 as a first step toward more structured dialogue and debate between the two national associations. Drawing on the comments of a number of leading academics on both sides of the Atlantic, this paper presents a series of discussions about the role and future of urban sociology. It explores the challenges and opportunities offered to urban sociology by increasing interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity in the field of urban studies as a whole. It then explores the role of sociology in understanding the relationship between contemporary processes of globalization and urban change and the degree to which this constitutes a new dynamic core of sociological theory and research. The paper reveals that there are a variety of alternative futures for urban sociology and there would appear to be little agreement on one specific route, nor on how to get there. Urban sociology continues to face a variety of challenges and more debate on its future trajectory is clearly needed but it remains a vital and expanding sub,field. Cet article rend compte de deux sessions communes des associations de sociologie britannique et américaine qui ont eu lieu en 2001, premier stade vers un dialogue et un débat plus structurés entre les deux organismes nationaux. Partant des remarques d'un certain nombre de grands intellectuels des deux côtés de l'Atlantique, ce travail présente plusieurs discussions sur le rôle et l'avenir de la sociologie urbaine. Il examine les défis et possibilités que lui offrent l'interdisciplinarité et la pluridisciplinarité croissantes dans l'ensemble du domaine des études urbaines. Il explore ensuite comment la sociologie aide à comprendre la relation entre les processus contemporains de mondialisation et de changement urbain, et la mesure où peut ainsi émerger une nouvelle dynamique nodale pour la théorie et la recherche sociologiques. L'article expose plusieurs avenirs possibles de la sociologie urbaine, sans qu'il y ait apparemment d'accord sur une voie particulière ni sur le moyen d'y parvenir. La sociologie urbaine rencontre toujours de multiples défis et il faut manifestement approfondir les débats sur sa future trajectoire, mais elle demeure un sous,domaine à la fois crucial et en expansion. [source]


City Tour Guides: Urban Alchemists at Work

CITY & COMMUNITY, Issue 2 2010
Jonathan R. Wynn
Urban sociology, often and quite reasonably, emphasizes the effects of large-scale and corporate cultures of cities and yet, at the smaller scale, there is a diverse and complex set of practices that reinvigorate the urban landscape. By pairing ethnographic fieldnotes with interviews, this paper offers a limited rejoinder to these narratives, evincing the lived interactions of one set of characters that reenchants cities. For the purposes of this article, walking tour guides serve as examples of "urban alchemists," and three of their practices are advanced for discussion: their use of myths and revelatory stories to uproot banal visions of the city; their aim to incorporate chance and serendipity into their interactions; and their attempts to transform their participants into "better" urban dwellers. Los Guías Turísticos en las Ciudades: "alquimistas urbanos" trabajando ( Jonathan R. Wynn) Resumen En sociología urbana a menudo se enfatizan (y con razón), los efectos de la cultura corporativa y a gran escala en las ciudades. Sin embargo, hay un conjunto diverso y complejo de prácticas a pequeña escala que también contribuye a revitalizar el entorno urbano. Combinando notas etnográficas y entrevistas realizadas en el área del turismo urbano, este ensayo ofrece una breve respuesta a estas narrativas, mostrando las interacciones de un grupo de personajes que re-encanta las ciudades. Para los fines de este artículo, las y los guías de visitas turísticas de a pie constituyen ejemplos de los llamados "alquimistas urbanos" y se presentan tres de sus prácticas para la discusión: su uso de los mitos y de las historias que revelan el verdadero carácter de la ciudad para eliminar las visiones banales de la misma, su meta de incorporar el azar y los descubrimientos casuales en sus interacciones y sus esfuerzos para transformar a sus participantes en "mejores" habitantes de la ciudad. [source]


The future of urban sociology: report of joint sessions of the British and American Sociological Associations

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH, Issue 4 2002
Beth Perry
This article reports on two joint sessions of the British and American Sociological Associations held during the course of 2001 as a first step toward more structured dialogue and debate between the two national associations. Drawing on the comments of a number of leading academics on both sides of the Atlantic, this paper presents a series of discussions about the role and future of urban sociology. It explores the challenges and opportunities offered to urban sociology by increasing interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity in the field of urban studies as a whole. It then explores the role of sociology in understanding the relationship between contemporary processes of globalization and urban change and the degree to which this constitutes a new dynamic core of sociological theory and research. The paper reveals that there are a variety of alternative futures for urban sociology and there would appear to be little agreement on one specific route, nor on how to get there. Urban sociology continues to face a variety of challenges and more debate on its future trajectory is clearly needed but it remains a vital and expanding sub,field. Cet article rend compte de deux sessions communes des associations de sociologie britannique et américaine qui ont eu lieu en 2001, premier stade vers un dialogue et un débat plus structurés entre les deux organismes nationaux. Partant des remarques d'un certain nombre de grands intellectuels des deux côtés de l'Atlantique, ce travail présente plusieurs discussions sur le rôle et l'avenir de la sociologie urbaine. Il examine les défis et possibilités que lui offrent l'interdisciplinarité et la pluridisciplinarité croissantes dans l'ensemble du domaine des études urbaines. Il explore ensuite comment la sociologie aide à comprendre la relation entre les processus contemporains de mondialisation et de changement urbain, et la mesure où peut ainsi émerger une nouvelle dynamique nodale pour la théorie et la recherche sociologiques. L'article expose plusieurs avenirs possibles de la sociologie urbaine, sans qu'il y ait apparemment d'accord sur une voie particulière ni sur le moyen d'y parvenir. La sociologie urbaine rencontre toujours de multiples défis et il faut manifestement approfondir les débats sur sa future trajectoire, mais elle demeure un sous,domaine à la fois crucial et en expansion. [source]


Locating Impropriety: Street Drinking, Moral Order, and the Ideological Dilemma of Public Space

POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY, Issue 2 2006
John Dixon
Drawing on research in urban sociology, cultural geography, and social psychology, this paper explores some of the moral rules that govern social relations in public places. In particular, we consider how certain practices become classified as everyday incivilities,infractions of the moral order that sustains public life. In order to develop this notion, we draw illustrations from an ongoing research project that is investigating social attitudes towards "street drinking," an activity that has led to the creation of "alcohol-free zones" in over 100 British cities during the past decade. As an emergent theme, this research has suggested that the classification of street drinking as either acceptable or unacceptable conduct is contingent upon the social construction of public space that users invoke. This theme is discussed in the context of wider struggles over citizenship and social control in the public domain,struggles manifest within "ideological dilemmas" (Billig et al., 1988) over the limits of free conduct, the tension between open and closed public spaces, and the attempt to distinguish "admissible" from "inadmissible" publics. [source]