George H. Conklin,
N.C. State University
is abstracted in
and a member
of the EBSCO
Volume 4, Number 2
The Urban Post-Industrial
Outline of Articles
Organization and Planning in the Post-Industrial City: An Editorial
to the Spring 2006 Issue of Sociation Today
by George H. Conklin
2006 is the year that the world
as a whole becomes over half urban, yet no longer is the city the home
of the industrial factory in the Western world. What shape should
the new city take in the information age? Are we following an obsolete
model when we plan in the Western world for a "new urbanism?" Does
suburbanization have to fade away to promote
racial justice? Why has urbanization concentrated
poverty in the rural areas? We must re-examine these areas as sociologists
and question past assumptions.
Poor Rural Areas That Must Support
"The Cities of the Future"
by Ronald C. Wimberley and Libby V. Morris
Cities have exported poverty to
rural areas, yet we forget that cities do not exist in nature. Sociologists
and others often seem to forget that. Cities are a product of social
behavior. Neither do cities exist in self-sustained vacuums unto
themselves. Cities are dependent and interdependent with rural areas
and through forms of social interaction that link people living in urban
and rural areas. While cities are a product of social behavior, they
are dependent upon natural resources. It is from rural areas that
the natural resources which sustain cities are produced
Displacement and New Urbanism: The Next Racial Project
by Olivia Hetzler, Veronica E. Medina, and David Overfelt
Cities today are trying to reinvent
themselves using buzzwords like the New Urbanism. New Urbanist policies
have generated more positive economic outcomes for cities than past gentrification
policies have ever been able to accomplish by focusing on the "best and
highest use." However, the consequences of this policy on the resident
(and frequently minority) populations have barely received attention.
This inattention is not accidental since the conservative vocabulary hides
racial issues behind new terminology.
Sprawl, Racial Segregation and Spatial Mismatch in
by Charles Jaret, Robert M. Adelman, and Lesley Williams
Using multivariate models and newly
available measures to measure Smart Growth, the issue of whether
Smart Growth will help reduce racial separation is asked. Among the
multiple findings is that metro areas with equal percentages of population
living in the suburbs (and with other variables controlled), the ones with
more sprawl (i.e. lower densities, long unconnected
streets) have less black-white
Use Planning and the Consequences of Smart Growth
by Bob Jentsch
Smart Growth is a current buzzword
which implies that all growth is good if it is planned. But urban
planning usually fails because it concentrates on each city as the center
of its own universe, starting with a downtown and working out. This
is unrealistic but common, really a misapplication of the concentric zone
theory of the early industrial city to the modern world. The
author began his career as a planner with the Pruitt-Igoe project in St.
Lewis and uses that as one example of why planning failed then as it continues
to do so today. (A video file is included).
Shouldn't Have to Move Out to Move Up
by Denise Hester
One of the assumptions of the New
Urbanism is that cities need to encourage increased density near the core.
That means that infill becomes a planning goal to increase
density. But that also means that current residents have to move out so
others can move in. As a community activist, Hester argues that such
planning practices are racist, part of the next racial agenda. (A video
file is included).
Prison Industrial Complex
by Earl Smith and Angela Hattery
Incarceration has become a multi-billion
dollar industry that relies on more than 2 million citizens on any give
day in the United States. African American males, who in the 1970s
were only 9% of the prison population, after harsher sentencing largely
fueled by the drug trade, are now 62% of the prison population. This
is viewed as a national tragedy.
Social Side of Diabetes: The Influence Of Social Support on the Dietary
Regimen of People with Diabetes
by Roger Y. Klomegah
Diabetics need good social support
in order to manage their disease and eat healthy diets. They recognize
this fact. The research shows that instrumental support appears to
be more important as it has a stronger association to dietary adherence
than does emotional support.
A questionnaire is included.
Weber Visits America: A Review of the Video
by Michael Wise
The North Carolina Sociological
Society is proud to announce the long-awaited video of Max Weber's trip
to North Carolina as retold by two of his cousins. Max Weber made
a trip to visit relatives in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1904.
This 2004 narrative by Larry Keeter and Stephen Hall is the story of locating
and interviewing two living eyewitnesses (1976) to Max Weber's trip. The
video includes information about Weber's contributions to modern sociology.
Dowloadable files are provided using the .mp4 format. The video
should appeal to students and professors interested in Max Weber.
It can be included in courses ranging from introductory sociology to theory.
©2006 by the North Carolina Sociological Association