This new edition of Gottdiener and Budd's shrewdly judged book defines, explains and develops the key topics within the interdisciplinary field of urban studies. With new material on environmental concerns and the sustainability of urban development, this text adopts a contemporary, global perspective. Thoroughly updated throughout the book includes: *New entries including the 'Tourist City' and 'Urban Culture and Consumption'. *Clear definitions of current issues. *Up-to-date suggestions for further reading. *International examples. *Informative cross-referencing. Relevant, focused and accessible this is an essential guide for students across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.