Exploring the City by Ulf Hannerz

By Ulf Hannerz

Inside a comparatively little while, city anthropology has emerged as probably the most very important fields of anthropology. in the course of its formative interval, notwithstanding, it has lacked highbrow coherence. Exploring the Cityis a daring first try and supply simply the sort of coherent and unified theoretical realizing of urbanism. Hannerz attracts upon the city views of alternative disciplines to boot, equivalent to background, sociology, and geography, to convey highbrow harmony to the heritage and improvement of city anthropology.

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It had begun in the eighteenth century as a One may want to speculate that this tendency to see the city as if in a gold mining community, later turning itself into an administrative, educa­ vacuum was one of the results of Wirth's Chicago experience. The inter­ tional, and religious center. There were sixty-nine occupational special­ nal division of labor in a metropolis like this is more complex than what ties. and people who were not civil servants preferred to be in business for one would find in the great majority of urban communities.

Density, and heterogeneity in turn. But there is reason to be skeptical of (This was one instance in which Wirth did recognize the external contacts such a procedure. " The other suggested in the quotation given earlier, it would not be just because of an reason was identified as based on Darwin and Durkheirn. When there is increase in population size, but also because the population is dense an increase in the number of organisms inhabiting a given area, differen­ enough for these many indiwduals to be mutually accessible.

Wirth brought people back in. The paragraph quoted aboye. on the fonn of face­ to-face relationships and the resultant definition of the person, aligns itself with a classical problematic of social anthropology. In addition, at least kline of Wirth's analysis is on a leyel of abstraction aboye particular insti­ it unions and the fonn given to them in a certain tradition, and in part therefore offers relief from the tendency of much social science toward Wirth was uneyen in this re­ 1I10re glaringly culture-bound formulations.

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