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SOC205H1 Lecture Notes - Gentrification, System On A Chip, Social Change

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Lesley Kenny

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Why is this 1960s urban sociologist scratching his head?
o Concentric Zones and biological aspects
o Cities looks more political and a larger number of variety groups
Assumption the Chicago School of how they live in the city: level of playing field
o Chicago School: Idea of born with the same status: work harder you’ll get ahead
Compete to get land
o Start with advantages: races, class etc.
Gentrification - process and sociological concept: what are the same argument? Site of
Prev Class:
New Urban Soc
Zukin article
Diffs btw Chicago School and NUS
The social production of space
Sociological analysis of “gentrification”
More on the social production of space
According to Human Ecology Approach:
$$ strongest group in the city competes & win
Control over prim location
Weaker groups simply had to adjust accordingly
(didn’t explain political tension and things happens recently)
Competition used to explain community structure
E.g., Segregation of particular community (Nature, when earn more money they can get
upward mobility)
Thru (ecological) process of invasions/ succession, constant change of land-use patterns
Assumption of the NUS
1. Societal interaction is dominated by antagonistic social relationship
2. Social development is unstable in societies with antagonistic owner relationship
3. Power inequality is a basic element in societal relationship
a. (political statement)
4. A society must be analysed with ref to its history & global context (Esp. How the global
affects the local)
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