The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.

Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Urban Studies:

Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.

The Chicago School

The Chicago School

The Chicago school

Academic studies of the city as a unique form of settlement space were rare until the 1800s when the German sociologist Max Weber wrote a sophisticated analysis tracing its history as a phenomenon of social organization (1966). Somewhat later, the Anglo-German, Friedrich Engels, also the lifelong friend of Karl Marx, wrote a critique of urban living under capitalism (1973). These efforts stood alone until the turn of the 20th Century. Just prior to World War I, the University of Chicago founded the very first department of sociology in the US under the leadership of W.I. Thomas and Albion Small, who had been a student of Weber. Their interests were in general aspects of sociology, but in 1913 they hired Robert Park who possessed a specific and strong interest in ...

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