Human Communities: The City and Human Ecology

Human Communities: The City and Human Ecology

Human Communities: The City and Human Ecology

Human Communities: The City and Human Ecology

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"There remains the studies of the city, of urban and rural communities, what R. D. McKenzie and I call, quite properly I believe, 'human ecology.'

"While I was a newspaper reporter, I used to do a good deal of writing for the Sunday papers. In those days the daily papers wrote their own Sunday papers and did not depend to the extent they do now upon syndicated articles.

"I found that the Sunday paper was willing to publish anything so long as it concerned the local community and was interesting. I wrote about all sorts of things and became in this way intimately acquainted with many different aspects of city life. I expect that I have actually covered more ground, tramping about in cities in different parts of the world, than any other living man. Out of all this I gained, among other things, a conception of the city, the community, and the region, not as geographical phenomenon merely, but as a kind of social organism."

In these words Robert E. Park accounts, in retrospect, for his interest in the city and in human ecology. What he wrote on these subjects appears in this, the second volume of his articles, prefaces and reviews.

About the time he came to the University of Chicago, Park wrote and published a long article entitled, The City: Some Sug gestions for the Study of Human Behavior in the Urban Environment.

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