A child of its times
The ‘new urban sociology’ in context and its legacy
in Western capitalism in transition
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This chapter considers how new urban sociology (NUS) was a child of times that were even then in transformation, and how Enzo Mingione's work was notable for posing some lastingly relevant research issues and questions. The reasons why NUS emerged in the late 1960s relate to the revival and growth of Western 'advanced industrial' economies and societies in the 1950s and 1960s and the centrality of urbanisation and hence urban problems to these developments. The chapter looks at International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and Research Committee 21 (RC21) today; both continue to evolve in an academic universe and real world which were unimaginable when these institutions began. Many of those who were radicalised in the student movement became involved in community-based politics and urban struggles. Such activism was common to many of those who developed NUS.

Western capitalism in transition

Global processes, local challenges

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