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Title: Foreword
Authors: Szczepański, Marek S.
Gawron, Grzegorz
Lewicka, Barbara
Keywords: urbanistyka; aspekt społeczny
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Citation: M. S. Szczepański, G. Gawron, B. Lewicka (red.), "Urbanism as a way of life : trying to rediscover" (S. 7-10). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Abstract: It was July 1938 when Louis Wirth published his “Urbanism as a Way of Life” in the American Journal of Sociology. The paper was seen by many as the one defining the city as a social phenomenon. Looking beyond its physical structure, economic product or cultural institutions, the author discovers those “elements of urbanism which mark it as a distinctive mode of human group life” (Wirth 1938: 4). Wirth argues that three key characteristics of cities — large population size, social heterogeneity, and population density — contribute to the development of a peculiarly “urban way of life” and a distinct “urban personality”. In his opinion, for centuries casual observers have noted deep personality differences between urban and rural people and between nature-based and machinebased styles of living.
ISBN: 9788380125919
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