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SOCB44H3 Lecture Notes - Social Disorganization Theory, Florian Znaniecki, Hobo

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SOCB44: October 29, 2012
- city is an important subject for sociological investigation
- something distinctive about the city and the way of life it creates
- time and space bound (e.g. Overcrowding in Berlin before 20th century)
- contradictory claims
1860 112, 000 population
1900 1.5 M
1930 3.5 M
- what happens when a city grows that much? ^ dislocation, problems emerge
- early sociologists investigate when a city grows that large
- “shock city of the early 20th century”
- Factors
o migration (moving from the farm to the big city)
o immigration (from Eastern Europe - Poland, Southern Europe - Italy)
o dual adjustment that immigrants and migrants make
communication, how they lived, etc.
Robert Park
- the city, some suggestions for the study of Human behavior (1916)
- father of urban sociology
- “Chicago School”
- his colleague: Burgess looked over his books
- deviance
social disorganization
o the institutions or killers of social organizations that govern the lives
of these newcomers to the cities
o when the institutions began to wash away, they reproduce form of
social disorganizations
juvenile delinquency, crime, marriage breakdown, divorce,
adultery, illegitimacy began to be common everywhere VS
when it was unknown in the old country
- roman catholic church
o e.g. Poland a very conservative catholic city
- family
o institutions at the very core are some that came from family kinship
- task to build society again that the society is falling apart
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