Urban Sociology

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  1. Book ImageHow the Other Half Lives

    Jacob Riis, Hasia R. Diner

    How the Other Half Lives occupies a premier place on a small list of American books—along with Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Jungle, Silent Spring, The Feminine Mystique, and Unsafe at Any Speed—that changed public opinion, influenced public policy, and left an indelible mark on history.More

  2. Book ImageStrangers in a Strange Land: Humans in an Urbanizing World

    Douglas Massey

    Drawing from evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and sociology, this truly interdisciplinary study explores how the drive to find social connection has shaped the size, structure, and organization of human communities from the Stone Age to the post-industrial present.More

  3. Book ImageRespect in a World of Inequality

    Richard Sennett

    The powerful case for a society of mutual respect.More

  4. Book ImageThe Jungle

    Upton Sinclair, Clare Virginia Eby

    The Jungle's influence has been extraordinary for a literary work. Upton Sinclair's 1906 landmark novel is widely credited with awakening the public fury that led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906), a watershed in consumer protection and government legislation.More

  5. Book ImageCode of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City

    Elijah Anderson

    Unsparing and important. . . . An informative, clearheaded and sobering book.—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post (1999 Critic's Choice)More

  6. Book ImageA Passion for Equality: George Wiley and the Movement

    Mary Lynn Kotz, Nick Kotz

    "An important contribution to the social literature of our time." —Roger Wilkins, New York TimesMore

  7. Book ImageThe Political Economy of Urban Poverty

    Charles Sackrey

    This is a study of poverty in our cities—its causes, its composition, its dimensions, and its solutions. It is not a book which will please those who worship America's high standard of living. Nor will it please liberal reformers who say our social welfare policies have begun to eliminate the problem. (Indeed, it is suggested that urban poor exist in greater numbers and in greater misery than ever before, despite statistics to the contrary.) And it will not please radicals in search of support for abolition of the capitalist system because liberal reforms have failed in the past.