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Robert Park and Ernest Burgess, Urban Ecology Studies, 1925. CSISS Classics

  • Author(s): Brown, Nina
  • Editor(s): Janelle, Donald
  • et al.

In the 1920s, Park and Burgess developed a distinctive program of urban research at the University of Chicago. In  projects focused on Chicago, they elaborated a theory of urban ecology that drew parallels with processes found in natural ecosystems, leading ultimately to  the division of the urban space into distinctive ecological niches or "natural areas" in which people shared similar social characteristics.

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