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Mark Gottdiener has been a leading proponent of the new urban sociology, a paradigm of urban analysis that has challenged human ecology since the 1970s. Emphasizing academic dialogue and work ranging across disciplinary boundaries, he has developed ideas of European critical and social theory to serve urban analysis. Notably, he was the first person to systematically introduce in the Anglophone world Henri Lefebvre's theory of the social production of space.

Active in the 1960s student movements, Mark Gottdiener started his career as a transport analyst and consultant. He studied mathematics, economics, and sociology and defended his PhD (sociology) in 1973. Gottdiener has been full professor at several universities, including University of California, Riverside (long periods in 1980s and 1990s) and Hunter College, part of City College ...

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