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The future of urban sociology

May, T, Perry, B, le Galès, P, Sassen, S and Savage, M 2005, 'The future of urban sociology' , Sociology, 39 (2) , pp. 343-370.

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Abstract

Over the course of the 20th century, sociologists have made rich and diverse contributions to urban studies, from the Chicago School with their focus on urban ecology, to the ‘radicalism’ of New Urban Sociology emphasizing neo- Weberian and neo-Marxist approaches (Bulmer, 1984; Faberman, 1979; Saunders, 1986). In both phases, sociologists positioned themselves as prominent critics and reformists of urban society, intimately connected with the identification and resolution of endemic problems and social issues. The aim of this symposium is to explore whether recent years have seen a crisis in urban sociology and to build an understanding of future potential in the context of historical trajectory and current challenges. Such issues have been the subjects of much debate. For this reason, joint sessions of the British and American Sociological Associations in March and July 2001 were dedicated to the discussion of the role and future of urban sociology, from which this symposium draws its inspiration (Perry and Harding, 2002).

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00380385
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2007 08:36
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/535

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