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Chicago School

Chicago School  

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A name applied to sociologists at the University of Chicago's Department of Sociology in the first half of the 20th century (especially the 1920s and 1930s), whose pioneering and often qualitative ...
megalopolis

megalopolis  

A many-centred, multi-city, urban area of more than 10 million inhabitants, characterized by complex networks of economic specialization. Vicino et al. (2007) Int. J. Urb. Reg. Res. 31, 2, in a study ...
metropolis

metropolis  

A very large urban settlement usually with accompanying suburbs. No precise parameters of size or population density have been established. The structural, functional, and hierarchical evolution of ...
metropolitan statistical area

metropolitan statistical area  

Also called standard metropolitan statistical area (SMSA). The term used by the US Census Bureau to describe the administrative and statistical region embracing a city and its immediate environs that ...
natural area

natural area  

‘A geographical area characterized both by a physical individuality and by the cultural characteristics of the people who live in it.’ (Zorbaugh in J. Lin and C. Mele2005). Most cities contain ...
social area analysis

social area analysis  

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A variant of urban ecology associated with the work of Eshref Shevky and Wendell Bell and their associates (see especially E. Shevky and M. Williams, The Social Areas of Los Angeles, 1949, and E. ...
sociology of environment

sociology of environment  

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The environment is literally ‘that which environs or surrounds’, and the term is used in various ways in academic discourse. In biology and psychology, environment is frequently juxtaposed to ...
urban settlement

urban settlement  

A densely populated settlement, which can take the form of a town, city, metropolis, conurbation, megalopolis, or world city. See also rural settlement.

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