This distinctive anthology contains classic and first-rate contemporary writings that have had a major impact on the field of urban studies. The expert and well-known scholars who have written these essays cover central topics that have evolved over the past 25 years. This title brings together 20 of the most important classic and contemporary readings on cities and society in one accessible volume. It offers an international focus, as well as case studies, all by leading experts in the field. It includes an analytical introduction by the editor. It provides coverage of current trends, theoretical perspectives, and policy issues. It features diverse topics such as space, housing, globalization, the economy, and social inequalities.