Louis Wirth (August 28, 1897 – May 3, 1952) was an American sociologist and member of the Chicago school of sociology.
Louis Wirth (August 28, 1897 – May 3, 1952) was an American sociologist and member of the Chicago school of sociology. His interests included city life, minority group behaviour and mass media and he is recognised as one of the leading urban sociologists. He was the first president of the International Sociological Association (1949–1952) and the 37th president of the American Sociological Association (1947).
Urbanism is not synonymous with city
For sociological purpose a city is a relatively large, dense, and permanent settlement of heterogenous individuals.
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Urbanism is a way of life, as classically analyzed by the German sociologist Georg Simmel and the American sociologist Louis Wirth. City life, with its tendency to nervous overstimulation, may lead to a bored and blasé attitude to life. It may encourage frivolous and fleeting cults and fashions. It can detach people from their traditional communal moorings, leaving them morally stranded and so inclined to harbour unreal expectations and feverish dreams. In the very number of social contacts it necessarily generates, it may compel individuals to erect barriers to protect their privacy.
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY VOLUME XLIV JULY 1938 NUMBER 1 URBANISM AS A WAY OF LIFE LOUIS WIRTH ABSTRACT The urbanization of the world, which is one of the mostimpressive facts of modern times, has wrought profound changes in virtually every phase of social life. The complicated phenomena of urbanism may acquire unityand coherence if the sociological analysis proceedsin the light of such a body of theory.
What is Wirth trying to say about urbanism as a way of life ? .
What is Wirth trying to say about urbanism as a way of life ? What makes a distinctively ‘urban’ personality? . Meanwhile the city as a community resolves itself into a series of tenuous segmental relationships superimposed upon a territorial base with a definite center but without a definite periphery and upon a division of labor which far transcends the immediate locality and is world-wide in scope. The larger the number of persons in a state of interaction with one another the lower is the level of communication and the greater is the tendency for communication to proceed. on the basis of those things which are assumed to be common or to be of interest to all.
Louis Wirth Louis Wirth (1897-1952) was a sociologist from the"Chicago school" tradition . This combined interest in sociology and social action lasted all his life and was reflected both in the jobs he held and in his scholarly work. He served as a professional social worker and as a consultant to local and federal policy-makers and administrators. In the now classic Urbanism as a Way of Life (1938) he set forth a theoretical framework for the sociological analysis of urban life.