Planning At The Crossroads

Through a detailed analysis of studies of the effects of planning, comparing low levels of urban containment in California with much higher levels in the UK. Some comparative insights are also drawn from the (pre-conflict) Yugoslavian planning system. The analysis shows that many of the serious criticisms of planning are valid and leads to the conclusion that some sacred cows – notably “green belts” – should be abandoned. This distinctive text is of use to students, researchers and professionals in planning, geography and urban studies.

Transcaucasian Boundaries

Transcaucasian boundaries” provides the first insights into the geopolitical dynamics in this ethnically diverse and turbulent region of the former Soviet Union. The interplay between the former controlling powers of Iran, Turkey and Russia is examined, and the conflicts in Nagorno-Karabagh, Ossetia and Abkhazia are subject to expert analysis. The roles of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia are considered in detail, their relative weakness having held back the transition towards democratic free-market entities of pluralist composition. Questions of minority rights, territorial settlement and the inviolability of state borders are central to an understanding of this part of the world; these issues are manifest all too violently when combined with the nationalist forces prevalent throughout Transcaucasia. All students of geopolitics and ethnic issues will find this volume a worthwhile contribution to understanding the complex geopolitical problems of a richly diverse and fascinating region.

Racism In Europe: The Challenge For Youth Policy And Youth Work

This accessible text provides a comparative perspective on racism in Europe as experienced and exhibited by young people. It offers a clear analysis of the causes of racism and nationalism and examines public policies designed to have a positive effect.; This book is intended as a supplementary text for undergraduate and postgraduate students in social work, social policy, sociology and political science, and as an essential text for students on professional courses in youth and community work.

Inequality And Old Age

An analysis of ageing in relation to identity formation, inequality and stratification. The book outlines a theory of social inequality which encompasses those inequalities associated with old age – in addition to class, gender, race and ethnicity.; This book is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate sociology courses in social stratification and social theory, as well as students and researchers in social policy, social welfare and health with an interest in the study of ageing.

Labour Relations In Eastern Europe: A Comparative Perspective

This book offers an insight into the process of transition in Eastern Europe. It provides a comparative analysis of trends in labour relations with and between countries, incorporating country studies which share a common theoretical and empirical framework. The book is intended for postgraduate and professional researchers and for library markets in the fields of industrial relations, sociology of industry/organizations/work, social structure, and politics. Its comparative framework also makes it useful for European studies.