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Cities and Change Revision Notes Week One Lecture One: Origins What is the reason the we study cities/ Why are cities important? 56% of the world’s population are now living in cities and this is ever increasing Centre’s and drivers of change Objective of urban studies: think about modernity and “Urban Problems’ in interdisciplinary ways The city is not an isolated thing, it is complex and diverse Large, dense settlement of heterogeneous individuals (Wirth 1938) A world of social relations in multiple forms, also “strangers” Strangers are people you do not personally know It has different meanings The city is seen as a world of stranger The stranger (biographical stranger) is a person you don’t know personally. The city is so to say a ‘world of strangers’ (different to the small town). ‘Categorical strangers’ might be people you know in their FUNCTION (bus driver, policeman, … ) In the city we find different spaces: (Lofland) The Public Realm: most people are strangers of categorical strangers The Parochial Realm: the physical space, which’s relational for is communal (open work spaces) The Private Realm: intimate physical space (own home) The social space is accessible to everyone whereas the private is not The boundaries between these realms can be blurred and ‘Bubbles’ can move fluidly between them e.g. a group of protesters can form a communal bubble at a sit-in protest These spaces are ever changing and do not rely on a building but a social context Pre-industrial -> Industrial city: 1) Overlapping public and social life -> more secluded social life 2) Time spent in public space -> more time spent in private and parochial space/realm Changes happened because of: Growth Tech change Changes in communications and mobility Architecture made the private space more appealing
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The metropolis and mental life – Simmel (1903) Summary: Simmel compares fast paced urban life to slow rural life. He examines the importance of money and time management in the city and how this is interconnected with intellect Main Arguments: The urban individual is rational compared to the emotional individual living in a small rural town Urban individual reduces qualitative values to quantitative terms The city is the economic centre and has more advance labour due to diversification
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