The American urban system: a geographical perspective

R. J. Johnston

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Attempts to link general theories of urban development and morphology to the particular circumstances of the USA, using a political economy framework. Part one outlines the subject of urban geography and sets out the framework of the American political and economic environment. Part two treats the urban system as a whole, analyzing such topics as urban sizes, locations and functions. The urban system is seen as a product of historical and economic circumstances and a historical chronology of the developing urban pattern is presented. Part three examines the internal structure of urban areas and the spatial patterns within individual cities, stressing the relationships between economic trends and their spatial manifestations, as well as certain features of capitalism like class conflict. Separate chapters deal with the social, economic and political geography of US cities. Finally, part four examines the urban crisis, concluding with attempts to cure these problems, and their potential for success. The book is intended as an introductory text that can be used as basic background reading for an undergraduate course on urban geography.-R.House

Original languageEnglish
PublisherLongman, London St. Martin's New York
ISBN (Print)0582301017
Publication statusPublished - 1982


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