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Publishing Innovations for 2002 to Debut Soon

City & Community Forthcoming in March

by Anthony Orum, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Nancy Denton, University of Albany In March a new journal will hit the newsstands. City & Community is the official journal of the Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS). Notably it is the first section journal ever approved for publication by the Committee on Publications and the Council of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Thus, it represents a pioneering moment for both the ASA and the CUSS Section.

The journal will publish cutting-edge research and theory about communities and metropolitan areas. In particular, it will feature articles on all manner of topics relevant to cities and communities, but especially work that deals with topics like the new virtual communities on the Internet, the nature of space in the modern metropolis, how place matters to people, and the more standard fare on segregation and immigration in the contemporary metropolis. It also will encourage research that approaches the city and community from a variety of methodological approaches.

There are several special topics that the editors of the new journal want to encourage readers and writers to think about. What is the meaning and importance of place to human beings? How are communities constructed within the metropolis? How much do social inequalities shape metropolitan life? And, equally, how much does the metropolis, especially its spatial configurations, shape the nature of modern social inequalities?

The first issue features articles on a number of topics important not only to urban sociologists but also to many sociologists, in general. Michael Dear leads off the issue with an article that contrasts the new Los Angeles School of urban theory and research with the older Chicago School. Dear makes the case that the Los Angeles School has a vision of the modern metropolis that is less coherent than that of the older Chicago School, but that also incorporates a number of historically novel features from the gated communities throughout L.A. to the fragmentation and almost chaotic feel of the modern city. His claims for a new Los Angeles School are responded to by several prominent sociologists, some of them now at the University of Chicago. They include: Andrew Abbott, Harvey Molotch, Saskia Sassen, Robert Sampson, and Terry Clark. The exchange among these authors is provocative and leads to interesting questions about other features of the modern city.

In addition, the issue includes articles by Catherine Ross, John Mirowsky and Shana Pribesh on mistrust in cities, work that draws on the earlier thinking of Georg Simmel but connects to recent work by, among others, Doug Massey and Robert Sampson; by John Logan and Kyle Crowder on the nature and differences of urban regimes throughout America; and by Kevin Fox Gotham on the way that segregation was historically fashioned and implemented in Kansas City, Missouri. The articles, on balance, are not only theoretically interesting and empirically important, but they also illustrate the wide variety of methods available to sociologists who study the modern city.

Although City & Community is a product of the ASA’s Community and Urban Sociology Section, we believe that it will prove to be of interest to many sociologists. More details about the journal, including where to send manuscripts, can be found at several websites. Those include that of Blackwell Publishers (, the American Sociological Association (www., and the Community and Urban Sociology section itself (

We urge you to check out the contents of the first issue of this new journal. Forthcoming issues also will include articles on a number of very relevant and germane topics, including a piece by Daphne Spain on “gender and space,” and a piece by Claude Fischer, on mobility in America.

Nancy A. Denton serves as CUSS Section Chair and Anthony M. Orum is the Inaugural Editor of City & Community.

Current ASA members may subscribe by joining the Section on Community and Urban Sociology - Section Membership Form

Non-members may subscribe by joining ASA and the Section on Community and Urban Sociology - ASA Membership Form