Symbolic Interactionist perspective on urban life...

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Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives: The Experience of City LifeSymbolic interactionist examines the experience of urban life. How docs city life affect the peoplewho live in a city? analysts answer this question positively others arc cynical about the effects ofurban living on the individual. Simmel’s View of City Life According to theGerman sociologist Georg Simmel(195011902-1917), urban life is highly stimulating, and itshapes people’s thoughts and actions. Urban residents are influenced y the quick pace of the cityand the pervasiveness of economic relations in everyday life. Due to the intensity of urban life,people have no choice but to become somewhat insensitive to events and individuals aroundthem. Many urban residents avoid emotional involvement with one another and try to ignoreevents taking place around them. Urbanites feel wary toward other people because mostinteractions in the city arc economic rather than social. Simmel suggests that attributes such as

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Sociology, urban life, City life, urban dwellers, sociologist Georg Simmel

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