1.City -City forms the central joint of urban socio. Like many other sociological categories, the city is an abstraction composed of concrete entitled like residences & shapes & an assortment of many functions.
The city has been defined acc. to several points. of view. A place is legally made a city by a declaration by a competent authority. Attempts to define a city statistically, have failed due to the absence of a representative measure. Others have defined a city as a place which has become so large that people no longer know each other. Since the quest for a single definition has met with little success, some authors, notably Sorokin & Zimmerman, Maurier & Sombant hold that a proper definition must consist of a combination of factors multiple or 'compound' definitions. Sorokin & Zimmerman enumerate & characteristics in which the urban world differs from the rural world. These are (1) occupation (2) environment (3) size of community (4) density of population (5) heterogeneity (6) social differentiation & stratification (7) mobility & (8) system of interactions. As occupation forms the main basis for other social activities, we call a city an agglomeration where people are engaged in other than agricultural occupations.
2.Urban social Actions - Urban social actions guided by urban social relationships are secondary & specific in native. They are segmentary in character & mainly aim at the fulfillment of a single function of an urbanite's life. Thus while in rural areas imitation of one's fathers work is work & education combined in one, in urban centers specialized & formal education paves the way for one's career in a technical job.
3.Urban social Relations - Urban social relations are many & diverse & formal in character. Urban social institutions leased on these are again specialized agencies which serve particular functions, say education through schools, law enforcement by the city govt. etc. Elaborate procedure is laid down to guide the activities of these institutions & membership is through necessity & availability of the service. Thus site density heterogeneity & specialization are the typically urban characteristics. Urban sociology studies human social life in relation to these factors.
4.Urban Problems - On the other hand we have novel & peculiar urban problems which a necessary concomitant of urbanization such as housing, sanitation, slums, preusions & recreation, pollution of all types, fluidity of the law & order situation, increase in rise, vice & deviance, various physical & mental disorders, increasing suicides & divorces, traffic problems, zoning anomalies etc. The study of all these forms is an important corollary of the study of urban socio. Thus urban socio is a study of all aspects related to man's modification of environment to subserve his varied purposes with all its implications.
Urban sociology studies all aspects of a city life such as its size, density of population social organization, problems etc. Urban studies is a specialized discipline which been recently developing in urban socio which exclusively deals with an analysis of urban problems. Urban problems occupy the major attention of urban sociologists today because of its complexity & its craving for an immediate solution. They arise at an instant much as unanticipated increase in traffic at a place in a single day becomes a problem.
Thus we see that the scope of Urban Sociology is very vast because although urban socio is a recent science, urbanism forms a major part of contemporary life patterns which is slowly encroaching upon & engulfing the existing forms of rural life. In short, urban socio-studies the nature & characteristics of a city, its size, density & characters of its people, its spatial pattern & changes thereon; the peculiar type of relations & social interactions formed in the urban milieu, the nature of primary social institutions such as family in an urban setting, the novel instructions of commercial reaction, education etc. It moreover studies all the implications & complexities & consequences of urban social problems, the various urban social groupings including deviant groups & the various aspects of urban social attitudes. On short, urban sociology is a developing science which studies all aspects of urban life.
Thus urban socio is not merely a theoretical study but it has an applied aspect as well.
The foregoing discussion makes amply clear the value & importance of urban socio. The metropolises of today in advanced countries are standard bearers of revolutionary changes in social, political economic & cullinal movements. The process of urbanization has been greatly hastened in advanced countries due to industrialization & technological change. Thus urbanization has also given rise to a member of economic, social &cultural problems. As a result of urbanization there is change of personal tendencies & trends, the norms & standards of marriage & family have undergone a sea- change & there has been considerable rise in corruption & disorganization. It has also given rise to groove problems of health psychological as well as physical. In order to understand & remedy this sorry state of affairs we need a systematic study. And as the problems are grave & crucial, governments. Are closely attentive to these. It is in this connection that the need of urban socio is felt. An urban sociologist is a social doctor or engineer & like doctors & engineers he is concerned with the organization & the disorganization of the urban society. Therefore without his services urban problems cannot be effectively solved. That is why the services of urban sociologists are in high demand. In order to reconstruct towns the services of urban sociologists are indispensable.
It is very difficult to compare rural & urban society and this has prompted Gift & Halbert to write, thus the familiar dichotomy between 'Rural & Urban' is more of a theoretical concept than a division based upon the facts of community life. Some of the difficulties faced are that there is no universal definition of village and town which can clearly distinguish then. For, actually the difference between town & village is merely one of degrees, as a result of which it is very difficult is make a clear distinction between the two. Even though the environment of the city and the village are different, a town can have a variety of environment within itself including that of a village but obviously that part of the city cannot be called a village. Both towns and villages influence each other and at times it becomes difficult to decide whether a place is a town a village considering that villages have improved electricity & education etc and the population charge also that to resemble with similar birth rate and family size.
But, in spite of the existence of these difficulties, sociologists have shown distinction between both the societies. The chief among them are the following.
1.Differences in social organization - The biggest distinction between rural and urban society is that of social organization. These exhibit differences in the following respects:
2.Differences in Social Restrictions - A great difference is evident between the social control characteristics of the rural & urban societies. About the social control in the villages, Biesanz write, "In the rural community custom is the king, the followings & more control most of behavior. "On the other hand, the society does not exercise much control over the individuals in the urban society. In the crowds & the high velocity of life in towns no one has time to look to another. In the words of Kingsley Davis," He can escape the oppressive control of any primary group when he wishes, simply by disappearing into the sea of strangers." But the control of police, law, court, etc., is greater in the towns than in the village.
3.Difference in Social Interactions - The social interactions peculiar to the rural & urban societies exhibits the following distinctions:
4.Differences is social viewpoint - The following difference found:-
5.Differences in Social Mobility &Stability - There is greater social disorganization in the towns than in the villages. To quote Sorokin & Zimmerman, "The rural community is similar to calm water in a pail and the urban community to boiling water in Kettle. Stability is the typical trait for the one; mobility is the typical for the other". In this way, cited posses greater mobility than the villages (Territorial, occupational & other forms & soc. mobility).
Normally the migration current carries more individuals from the country to the city and only in the periods of social catastrophy is the migration from the city to the country greater than from the country to the city.
6.Differences in Economics Life - There is great differences between the economic lives of the villages & towns. In this respect the major differences are the following:
7.Differences in Cultural life -