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Ray Hutchison

Ray Hutchison
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Dr. Ray Hutchison grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and received his BA from SUNY-Binghamton and MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He is Editor of The Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, a two-volume encyclopedia from SAGE Publications, co-author (with Mark Gottdiener) of The New Urban Sociology (now in the 5th Edition) and Series Editor of Research in Urban Sociology (Elsevier Press), as well as author of more than thirty chapters, articles, and monographs. These include articles on street gangs and gang graffiti, race and ethnic relations, and urban recreation.

Check out Dr. Hutchison's research on tent graves in East Tennessee

In March, 2008 Dr. Hutchison was awarded the International Award of Merit of the Del Bianco Foundation in Florence, Italy for his work with students and faculty in the international programs sponsored by the Foundation. He was organizer of sessions on The Tourist City as part of the 10th Annual Florence Exposition in 2008, and in 2010 was organizer of Everyday Life in the Segmented City; the second Everyday Life conference will be held July 2015. Other members of the planning committee for the conference included faculty from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, (Brazil) Università degli Studi di Bologna, Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy), Westmister University (London), American University (Washington D.C.), University of Lisbon and University of Porto (Portugal).

Check out Keeping Memory Alive: The Mine Wars in US and UK

The Ghetto

Too often the term "ghetto" is simply applied to any African American community, to the inner city as a whole, or recently to anything that is degraded or unrefined. But what is a ghetto? Does it arise organically from cities, or is it a consequence of social conflict and government policy? Are the banlieues, barrios, favelas, shantytowns, and slums of Europe, South America, and other continents similar to the American ghetto? The Ghetto invites us to reexamine our assumptions by addressing these and other critical questions. Concise, original essays from top scholars around the world clearly describe essential arguments and discoveries, making the current discussion of marginalized urban spaces accessible for all readers and students of urban studies and sociology.

Urban Studies

The burgeoning field of urban studies addresses both the growth and expansion of urban areas (urbanization) and the nature of and quality of urban life (urbanism). Both are among the most pressing areas of inquiry for the coming decades as humans confront significant and growing problems such as climate change, population growth, and global inequality. SAGE Reference’s authoritative, new two-volume Encyclopedia of Urban Studies addresses not only the specific theories, key studies, and important figures that have influenced the individual discipline but also the field of urban studies more generally. Highly accessible A-to-Z entries demonstrate the international and interdisciplinary nature of the field with contributions from scholars in many different countries.

"Gottdiener and Hutchison's outstanding textbook represents a broad, accessible and expert introduction to one of the most exciting research fields in the contemporary social sciences. It is lucidly written, coherently organized and impressively wide-ranging in its coverage of the most essential issues in the vast, interdisciplinary field of urban studies. The book contains a brilliant synthesis of the major approaches to urban theory, a valuable overview of the global history of capitalist urbanization and a wide-ranging analysis of diverse aspects of contemporary urban transformations, both in North America and beyond. In so doing, the authors effectively demonstrate how the new urban sociology can illuminate the key economic, social, political, cultural and environmental dynamics that underpin the production of urban space, as well as various social crises, political struggles and policy dilemmas that are rippling through major cities around the world." (Neil Brenner, New York University)

The New Urban Sociology

The first edition of The New Urban Sociology represented a major breakthrough text for urban sociology and urban studies programs. Now in its second edition, and co-authored by Mark Gottdiener and Ray Hutchison, the text has been completely revised and updated throughout to include discussions of many current topics and new case study material highlighting recent work in the field. This book is organized around an integrated paradigm throughout – the sociospatial perspective – which considers the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, culture, and politics on the development of metropolitan areas.

Education: MA, PhD Sociology, University of Chicago, 1977, 1985.