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Trabajo y sociedad

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TROVERO, Juan Ignacio. City, Urbanism and Social Change. Theoretical-Conceptual Itinerary of a Socio-Anthropological Journey: The "Chicago School" and Gino Germani. Trab. soc. [online]. 2019, n.32, pp.203-229. ISSN 1514-6871.

The present paper proposes a theoretical-conceptual approach to the elements with which some authors of the so-called “Chicago School” (Robert Ezra Park, Louis Wirth and Robert Redfield)have thought the urban phenomenon; in order to, then, identify links with the empirical studies carried out by Gino Germani in the late fifties, about the process of urbanization in Argentina. We propose a review of certain key-texts aimed at, first, calibrating the disciplinaryties between sociology and urban anthropology, and then, at contributing elements to reconstruct a scheme for the study of the city. For this, we rely on two hypothesis. The first one holds that between the authors of the “Chicago School” there are not only affinities and divergences, but, above all, mixtures, assemblies, combinations. The second postulates that the echoes of the Chicagoan studies in Germani’sresearch work on Buenos Aires are neither few norsuperficial. We understand that thereby we can account for the itinerary of a double journey(interdisciplinary and spatial-temporal), which speaks more of a simultaneity of problems and a myriad of perspectives, techniques and tools for its approach, than of a phenomenon of simple reception or translation of methods and theories.

Palabras clave : City; Social Change; Urbanism; Urban Sociology and Anthropology; Chicago School; Gino Germani.

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