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Urban Sociology in Canada - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780409847581, 9781483141916

Urban Sociology in Canada

1st Edition

Author: Peter McGahan
Paperback ISBN: 9780409847581
eBook ISBN: 9781483141916
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 1986
Page Count: 344
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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




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






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