Cities and Urban Life, authored by two of the best-known textbook writers in the field, provides a comprehensive introduction to urban sociology, urban anthropology, and urban studies courses. Primarily sociological in approach, this book incorporates historical, social, psychological, geographical, and anthropological insights. While strong in the classical urban sociology, it also gives extensive attention to the "new" political economy approach to urban studies. Also, the authors use global cities as case studies for more relevance to students.
A textbook for a sociology course on city life, combining the ideas of classical European social thinkers such as Weber and Marx with the views of contemporary urbanists. Macionis (Kenyon College, Ohio) and Parrillo (William Paterson U., New Jersey) emphasize that cities and urban life vary according to time and place, that cities reflect and intensify society and culture, that cities reveal the best and worst about the human condition, and that cities offer the promise but not always the reality of a better life. The 1998 first edition is here rearranged and updated with recent statistics and research findings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)