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The City as CampusUrbanism and Higher Education in Chicago$
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Sharon Haar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665648

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665648.001.0001

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City as Laboratory: Hull-House and the Rise of the Chicago School

City as Laboratory: Hull-House and the Rise of the Chicago School

(p.29) 2 City as Laboratory: Hull-House and the Rise of the Chicago School
The City as Campus

Sharon Haar

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the role of higher education in the form of two institutions—the Hull-House Social Settlement and the University of Chicago—in the study of urban development. The Hull-House was the site of many urban research projects conducted by its residents—most notably, the Hull-House Maps and Papers—an exhaustive compilation of data regarding the settlement’s day-to-day activities of life within the ward, as well as the geographic visualizations of various American immigrant groups. It had also become the springboard for social activism and reform, especially for women and children. The University of Chicago would later codify these efforts into a field of scientific study. Circumstances have allowed for the field of sociology to blossom within the city’s urban landscape, due to the recent emphasis of research-based knowledge production, as well as the growing demand for professionals who can further oil the gears of industrialization.

Keywords:   Hull-House Social Settlement, University of Chicago, Hull-House Maps and Papers, urban development, social activism, sociology, industrialization

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