Course Title: The key issues in Urban Studies
Dates:  21/08/2006- 25/08/2006

Professor: Hartmut Haussermann, Birgit Glock (University of Berlin Humboldt, Germany)

Course Summary:
Social polarisation, growing inequality, increasing residential segregation have been processes, which are core issues of urban sociology for many years. The transformation from Fordist to Post-Fordist, from the industrial to the post-industrial city – or from modernity to post-modernity affects all cities deeply. In Eastern European countries these changes are overlaied by the Transition from a socialist to a capitalist social order. New forms of inequality, and new forms of political intervention have developed. Because of differences in racial relations, in the institutional settings, and in the basic patterns of urban governance the distinction between a market model of urban development and a socially regulated model are becoming more important that it was the case in the Fordist era.

The objectives of the course are providing the student with:
a) a profound knowledge on the relevant questions of urban sociology;
b) the capability to know about the main theoretical approaches and empirical evidences in urban sociology;
c) the ability to utilize the different line of thoughts for framing their own area of research.



Title of Lecture

Abstract & Readings



The European City


In contrast to general theories on cities (Socio-ecology or Neomarxism) the structure and the development of European cities reprsent a distinctive pattern, in the urban forma s well as in social and political aspects.


 H. Häussermann/Anne Haila, The European City: A Conceptual Framework and Normative Project, in: Y. Kazepov (ed.), Cities of Europe, p. 43-63

A. Bagnasco/P. Le Galès (eds.) 2000: Cities in Contemporary Europe. Cambridge: University Press (Introduction)



Segregation and Neighbourhood Effects


One of the most relevant debates about present urban development is on segregation and exclusion. Labour markets, Welfare regimes, and spatial processes play together. These mechanisms should be understood.


Alan Murie, The Dynamics of Social Exclusion and neighbourhood Decline: Welfare Regimes, Decommodification, Housing, and Urban Inequalitiy. In: Y. Kazepov (ed.), Cities of Europe, pp. 151-169



Urban Underclass


Neighbourhood effect are assumed as important in the debate about a new urban underclass and about spatial marginalization. Which effects can be observed?


L.J. Wacquant, Red Belt, Black Belt: Racial Division, Class Inequality and the State in the French Urban Periphery and the American Ghetto, in: E. Mingione (ed.), Irban Poverty and the Underclass, pp. 234-274
S. Musterd and W. Ostendorf, Social Exclusion, Segregation, and neighbourhood Effects. In: Y. Kazepov (ed.), Cities of Europe, pp.170-189



Shrinking Cities

Theories on urban development usually are theories of growing cities. What happens, when the size of the population is declining? What sort of intervention should be developed?

Haussermann and Birgit Glock, New trends in urban development and public policy in eastern Germany: dealing with the vacant housing problem ath the local level, in: International Journal for Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 28, No. 4, S. 919-929



Cities after Socialism

One of the biggest changes in urban development since the last two decades was the transformation of cities in the former communist countries in East-Europe. What does it mean, how does it work, and what are the results?

Hartmut Haussermann, From the Socialist to the Capitalist City – Experiences from Germany. In: G. Andrusz, M. Harloe, I. Szelenyi (eds.), Cties after Socialism, Blackwell 1996, pp. 214-231, I. Szelenyi, Cities under Socialism – and After, in: G. Andrusz, M. Harloe, I. Szelenyi (eds.), Cties after Socialism, Blackwell 1996, pp. 286-317




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