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Roots and Routes and the Origins of Urban Theory: A Journey to “Stadtluft Macht Frei”

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The assumptions of the major schools of thought in Western social science theories have influenced most areas of study of cities and their relationship with society as a whole. It remains an open question whether those theories are useful in a Third World context and hence how urban bias as a prerequisite for development is linked to development theory? This paper investigates and outlines some ideas for a new approach to tackle and comprehend the new urban reality seen as both a physical and a mental problem related to the realities of lack of a spatial and psychological feeling of belonging and “modernity” as a problem in itself.

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  • Cities
  • Urban studies
  • Western social science
  • Third world
  • Development theory
  • Urban ecological approach
  • Human ecology

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Schmidt, J.D. (2021). Roots and Routes and the Origins of Urban Theory: A Journey to “Stadtluft Macht Frei”. In: Giri, A.K. (eds) Roots, Routes and a New Awakening. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-7122-0_16

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