Week 7

“The Environment of the Negro” [W.E.B. Du Bois] In Du Bois’ “The Environment of the Negro” approximately 40,000 African-Americans living in inner city Philadelphia (175) were observed, or studied. African-Americans themselves were not just observed, but as the title suggests, special attention was paid to the environments in which they lived. More specifically, great detail … Continue reading Week 7

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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