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The Urban World: Eighth Edition Paperback – January 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1594513381 ISBN-10: 1594513384 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers; 8th edition (January 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594513384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594513381
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. John Palen is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of over a dozen books and has received the Virginia Commonwealth University Distinguished Scholar Award. He is a Distinguished Fulbright Chair and has held the Fulbright Chair in North American Studies at the University of Calgary. Palen is listed in both Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

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By corrinn01 on December 17, 2012
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Overall, easy to read and bearable for those weeks when the professor assigns multiple chapters of reading. I like particularly like the flow of the text in terms of tone and organization.
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A very accessible book for those interested in the social and political motives that drive the ever shifting landscape of our cities and environments. The prose is sharp and concise, resulting in a textbook that comes across as impactful yet never overwhelming. The use of charts, graphs, diagrams and other visual support do much to support the text and give a clearer sense of what the author attempts to illustrate. However those looking for a deep read should consider another text which further breaks down the motives of socio-economic and socio-political trends as this seems more like an introductory text that covers the general concepts. Those interested in research paper sources should look to "The New Urban Sociology" by Mark Gottdiener and Ray Hutchison.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cheryl williams on May 4, 2000
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this is a great book if you would like to know how the city and others cities have changed . the many changes you will learn about is transportation, the economy, population and anything else ther is to do with the world changes.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Diamond on July 25, 2008
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I got this book for a class but I was pleasantly surprised that it was easier to get through than a lot of textbooks. Has a lot of random but interesting facts and a good number a photos to break up the text.
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