Urban Sociology in Canada

Urban Sociology in Canada

1st Edition - January 1, 1986

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  • Author: Peter McGahan
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483141916

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Urban Sociology in Canada, Second Edition introduces the fundamentals of the theoretical structure of Canadian urban studies. The book is comprised of 11 chapters that are organized into six parts. The text provides census data of various Canadian cities along with urban empirical studies to help illustrate the generalization and concepts. The book first covers the classical foundations of urban sociology, and then proceeds to discussing the growth of urban system. The third part talks about the process of entrance to the urban system, while the fourth part deals with the spatial shape of the urban system. The last two parts tackle urbanism and the regulation of urban system, respectively. The book will be of great use to social scientists who involve urban population as the main demographics of their research study.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments



    The Urban Transformation

    The Canadian Urban Transformation

    The Census Definition of "Urban"

    Urban Sociology as a Field of Study

    Concerns and Areas of Urban Sociology as a Field of Study

    Part One: The Classical Foundations of Urban Sociology

    Chapter 1: The Classical Typological Perspective

    European Theorists

    The Chicago School

    The Folk-Urban Typology

    The Rural-Urban Continuum

    The Classical Typological Perspective: Conclusion

    Chapter 2: The Classical Ecological Perspective


    The Chicago School

    Initial Criticisms of the Classical

    Ecological Perspective

    Part Two: Growth of the RO Urban System

    Chapter 3: Explorations in Canadian Urban Growth

    The Meaning of Urban Growth as an Ecological Process

    Historical Types of Canadian Urban Communities

    The Urbanization of Ontario

    The Urbanization of the West

    Urban Boosterism and the Growth Ethic


    Chapter 4: The Contemporary Canadian Urban and Metropolitan System

    A Demographic Profile of Canada's Urban Areas

    A Functional Classification of Canadian Cities

    The Canadian System of Cities

    "Quality of Life" Variations Within the Canadian Urban System


    Part Three: Entrance to the Urban System:

    Chapter 5: Entrance to the Urban System: Canadian Internal Migration

    Internal Migration: A Demographic Profile

    Migration Patterns in West-Central Alberta: An Illustration of Migration

    Entrance and the Uprooting Thesis

    Prerequisite Foci for the Study of Entrance

    Native Indian Urbanization


    Chapter 6: Entrance to the Urban System: Canadian Immigration

    Immigration: A Demographic Profile

    Urban Immigrant Entrance

    Prejudice and Discrimination in Winnipeg

    Four Illustrations of Urban Immigrant Entrance

    The Urban Ethnic Mosaic

    Ethnic Entrepreneurs in Toronto


    Part Four: Spatial Shape of the Urban System

    Chapter 7: Evolution of Urban Structure

    Urbanization and Spatial Structure

    Urban Growth Models

    The Meaning of Census Tracts


    Chapter 8: Contemporary Internal Urban Structure

    General Patterns of Urban Differentiation

    Residential Mobility

    Residential Mobility and Social Segregation: An Illustration

    Ethnic Residential Segregation

    Chinatown: An Illustration of an Urban Ethnic Enclave

    The Ecology of Crime


    Part Five: Urbanism

    Chapter 9: The Fate of Kinship and Community in the Urban System

    Urban Kinship

    Canadian Urban Kinship Patterns

    Household Structure in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Urban New Brunswick

    The Fate of Community in the Urban System

    "Trouble Areas" and Police Urban Imagery: An Illustration of Environmental Perception

    The Study of Urbanism: Network Analysis and Subcultural Theory

    Social Networks of East Yorkers


    Chapter 10: The Fate of Community in the Inner City and the Suburbs

    The Inner City

    The Suburbs

    Toronto's Suburbs in Transition


    Part Six: Regulating the Urban System

    Chapter 11: Power and Planning in the Urban System

    Power and the Urban System

    Political Recruitment in Urban Alberta

    Planning and the Urban System





Product details

  • No. of pages: 344
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1986
  • Published: January 1, 1986
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483141916

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