Week 4

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago [Eric Klinenberg] In Klinenberg’s Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago the ideas and theories of city living are explored using the unprecedented deaths that occurred during a 1995 Chicago heat wave. In fact, Klinenberg actually lays out his thesis as the following: “This … Continue reading Week 4

Week 3

“Theories of Urbanism” [Claude S. Fischer] In “Theories of Urbanism” Fischer seeks to define “urbanism” as a theory in order for it to be properly studied. He explains his view on theory development in terms of the following metaphor: “To begin a major study without a good theory or theories is like being dropped into … Continue reading Week 3

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