By Manuel Castells
A assessment of the unique French version of this booklet within the American magazine of Sociology hailed it as "the so much entire product but to emerge from the recent (Marxist) tuition of French city sociology... the purpose of the e-book is not anything under to reconceptualize the sector of city sociology. it truly is performed in levels: a critique of the literature of city sociology (and urbanization) and an try to lay the Marxist bases for a reconstructed city sociology." the issues dealing with the world's towns, no matter if difficulties of improvement or of degradation, can't be solved until eventually they've been clinically determined. The race riots in Detroit, the shantytowns of Paris, the monetary hindrance of latest York must never be noticeable in isolation. The mushrooming towns of the 3rd global, demolition and concrete sprawl at domestic can be found in a community of economics, social welfare and tool politics, and the selections we're known as upon to make elude us in a fog of ideology. This awesome exposition of the functionality of town in social, fiscal and symbolic phrases illuminates the construction and structuring of house by means of action—administrative, effective and extra instantly human. The interplay of atmosphere and lifestyle, the complicated of marketplace forces and nation coverage opposed to a heritage of conventional social perform is scrutinized with the purpose of building options and study tools that may allow us to return to grips with the towns themselves and how during which we view them. Castells attracts on city renewal in Paris, the English New cities, the yank megalopolis for concrete information in his empirical and theoretical research. during this English variation, a brand new half V has been extra on city improvement in the US. The chapters at the pobladores in Chile and the fight of the FRAP in Quebec were significantly prolonged and an Afterword strains the advance of study some time past 5 years.
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All the historical observations that have been formulated cannot take the place of explanation. On the contrary, through them, it is possible to identify the problematic connoted by urbanization, without being in any sense in a position to treat it theoretically. To do this, there is no other way than that of concrete research, drawing out the signification of each social situation, on the basis of its 72 I The Historical Process of Urbanization 'fi't This is the opposite of a macro·historical overview, (.
Ls may. s specific form. The history of 'urban sociology' shows the cl~se hnk bet~een the development of this 'discipline' and the culturalist perspective that sustains it. . explam It on the. ts 'le~timacy', while at the same time knowing that these are not ItS socla~ source .. For,like all theoretical ideology, it has a histo~y, whlc~ we Will trace briefly in order to bring out and discuss ItS essential themes. 5 The Myth of Urban Culture When one speaks of 'urban society', what is at issue is never the mere observation of a spatial form.
Browning, Recent Trends in Latin American Urbanization, The Annals, March 1958, pp. 111-126. table 3. tic example is perhaps the division of labour between the inhabitants of the favelas and of the barriadas, who deliver manure and 'specialize'in the collection of certain objects and materials. Even if the theme may lead to moralizing digressions, two aspects of the situation are worth remembering: 1. on the one hand, non-integration in productive activities and, consequently, an extremely low standard of living for the mass of migrants and the recently urbanized generations; 2.