Urban Ills: Volume 2

Urban Ills: Volume 2 : Twenty-first-Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts

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Urban Ills: Twenty First Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts is a collection of original research focused on critical challenges and dilemmas to living in cities. Volume 2 is devoted to the myriad issues involving urban health and the dynamics of urban communities and their neighborhoods. The editors define the ecology of urban living as the relationship and adjustment of humans to a highly dense, diverse, and complex environment. This approach examines the nexus between the distribution of human groups with reference to material resources and the consequential social, political, economic, and cultural patterns which evolve as a result of the sufficiency or insufficiency of those material resources. They emphasize the most vulnerable populations suffering during and after the recession in the United States and around the world, and the chapters examine traditional issues of housing and employment with respect to these communities.show more

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  • Hardback | 366 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 27 black & white illustrations, 10 black & white halftones, 32 tables
  • 0739186361
  • 9780739186367
  • 2,165,726

About Carol Camp Yeakey

Carol Camp Yeakey is founding director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies and its Center on Urban Research and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds faculty appointments as professor of education; of international & area studies; of American culture studies; and of urban studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Vetta Sanders Thompson is associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis where she holds faculty appointments in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work; the Institute of Public Health; and Urban Studies. Anjanette Wells is assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis' George Warren Brown School of Social Work with faculty appointments in the Institute of Public Health, and Urban Studies.show more

Review quote

Hurricane Katrina, mortgage foreclosures, racism, human trafficking, mass transit, HIV AIDS, gentrification, failing schools, and chronic unemployment are used to weave a complex, revealing tapestry that lays bare the ills of contemporary urbanization. We see "Tales of Two Cities"-with the best and worst of times-repeated around the globe in the vast economic, social, and health disparities that separate rich from poor. A thoughtful, revealing study of how context, culture, and history combine to shape life chances in 21st century cities. Urban Ills: Twenty First Century Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts is destined to become a classic. -- Walter R. Allen, University of California, Los Angeles, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Educationshow more

Table of contents

Dedication Page Preface Preface for Volume Two Introduction Section Three: Urban Health Chapter Sixteen: 'Place Matters:' Contextualizing Health Using a Social Determinants Model Chapter Seventeen: "Social Dis(ease) of African American Males and health" Chapter Eighteen: "Economic Contractions' Neglected Impact on African Americans' Mental Health" Chapter Nineteen: "Urban Poverty and Cardiovascular Disease Health" Chapter Twenty: "'Coming to America:' Mental Health Needs Among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants" Chapter Twenty -one: "The Intersect of Poverty and Health: Are Race and Class Far Behind?" Chapter Twenty-two: "The Flint (Michigan) Adolescent Study: A Longitudinal Examination of Social Support And Achievement Motivational Beliefs of African American Adolescents" Chapter Twenty-three: "Does Area Regeneration Improve Residents' Health and Well-being? A New Methodological Approach to Measuring the Health Impacts of Area Regeneration in Scotland" Chapter Twenty-four: "The Twenty First Century Gold Coast and Slum" Chapter Twenty-five: "Another Border to Cross: Mexican Immigrant Families and Obstacles to Neighborhood Integration in the Suburbs" Chapter Twenty-six: "The Relationship Between Mass Incidents and Social Inequality in the Social Transformation of China" Chapter Twenty-seven: "Housing and Identity in Postcolonial Portugal" Chapter Twenty-eight: "Exploring the Social Outcome of Brownfield Regeneration in Different types of Deprived Communities: Evidence from Manchester, England" Chapter Twenty-nine: "Disasters as Hyper-Marginalization: Social Abandonment in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans" Chapter Thirty: "Selling Out: The Study of the Transition from Rental Control to Market Rate Housing in New York City" Chapter Thirty-one: "Epilogue: Confronting the Dilemmas of Urban Living in Twenty First Century Global Contexts"show more