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The City, RevisitedUrban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York$
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Dennis R. Judd and Dick Simpson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665754.001.0001

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The New Chicago School

The New Chicago School

Notes toward a Theory

(p.220) 11 The New Chicago School
The City, Revisited

Terry Nichols Clark

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores how the city of Chicago has encouraged a distinct flavor in the research and theorizing about cities by persons who have done time in Chicago’s environs. It considers how these ideas may be joined together as components of a new Chicago School. It identifies eight axial points for research in Chicago and beyond. These are (i) conceptualizing the city as pluralistic, diverse, and filled with competing subcultures; (ii) recognizing that no city represents the nation or the world; (iii) recognizing that culturally strong neighborhoods remain separate from the workplace; (iv) using multiple research methods such as in-depth cases, oral history, ethnography, content analysis, archival history, voting behavior, etc.; (v) including the entire metropolitan area; (vi) featuring consumption; (vii) recognizing that race and ethnicity and subcultural conflicts are normal dimensions of urban life, and they are mediated through political processes; and (viii) recognizing that globalization is a source of change in many urban dynamics.

Keywords:   Chicago School, urban theory, urbanism, urban studies

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