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Urban Settings

Defined according to the sociocultural perspectives of urban life, urban settings describe locales and landscapes formed through cultural practices and community and social relations. The concept of urban setting implies an understanding and interrogation of how and in what ways dwellers make meaning of place through the spaces they inhabit. Such spaces might include, for example, a physical building, a community park, and a geographical location, such as a street corner. Virtual environments such as social media platforms might also describe urban settings because of users’ social and cultural practices and the relationships they form among these spaces. Notably, however, in the current social and political context, the term urban carries different meanings that pose problems for social science researchers, practitioners, and scholars seeking to ...

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