Eurooppalainen kaupunki

The European City

Urban studies has since the rise of the Chicago school been dominated by an American paradigm that defined the city as segregated and led urban scholars to analyse spatial differentiation in cities. In recent years, however, European urban scholars have challenged the American City model and begun talking about the European City. They apply Max Weber’s ideas to analyze modern cities. Weber compared cities in Europe and Asia; modern European urban scholars compare European and American cities. Whereas American cities are segregated and market-oriented, European cities are less unequal, and town planning and regulation still play a crucial role in them. Instead of anti-urban sentiments people in European cities still believe that cities and their city centres are good.

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