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"The World of Cities" is a concise theoretical and empirical introduction to urban sociology. In clear and engaging terms, the book surveys and critiques all the major theoretical perspectives in urban studies. Provides a concise introduction to urban sociology. Uses clear and engaging terms. Surveys the main theoretical models of urban studies. Includes empirical data on contemporary cities and neighborhoods, and the impact of the world economy on city life. Features a discussion of the current reconstructive efforts of educational, political, and business leaders to improve cities and maintain their civic culture.