SOCB44H3 Week 7- Lecture Notes Oct 29 2012
Robert Park, “The city, some suggestions for the study of Human behavior.” (1916)
- City is an important subject for sociological investigation
- There is something distinctive about the city and the way of life it creates
- Time and space bound (example, Berlin in the early 90s. can’t say the differences by looking at the
early European cities)
- Contradictory claims (Hitler)
1900, 1.5 million
1930, 3.5 million
- Huge growth of population
- Chicago was the size of Toronto in the 1930s, still same size
- Can’t expect a city to function properly when it grew so quickly, things will be out of order
- “The shock city of early 20 century”
- Formation of Chicago Population:
- Number of people migrated, from rural areas into the city (domestic migration)
- Immigration from Europe (Eastern Europe, Poland, Not so many from Hungary, Southern
- They came from rural area, farms and small towns. (Important to Dual Adjustment)
- Most came by boat, ships without luxuries. They brought everything they have with them.
When they left, they felt like they left for good.
- The only way of communication was by letter.
- The founder of Chicago School of Urban Sociology is Robert Park. He came to sociology late in life,
second career. His first career is journalist.
- Look at things in a more systematic way, so he w