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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 101
Title: An Expanded Social Scientific Perspective on Urbanism
Lead Author: Smith, Michael E
Abstract: In order to address the complexity of world urbanization today, we advocate a new approach to research that we call the expanded social scientific perspective on urbanism. This approach is expanded in two ways: it transcends traditional disciplinary urban research; and it incorporates disciplines and approaches not normally part of the social sciences. We identify three main components: (1) the built environment and its interaction with people and society, incorporating the fields of environment-behavior studies, architecture, and planning; (2) an explicitly historical orientation, incorporating the fields of urban history and social science history; (3) comparative analysis at varying scales. Without this kind of broad, integrated trans- and multi-disciplinary perspective, it will not be possible to adequately describe or explain the diversity of urban processes operating in the world and their consequences for society and the environment.
PDF: Smith_Michael_101.pdf

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