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Urban Society & Development

Urban sociology is most directly associated with the “Chicago School.” The early 20th century urban sociologists of Chicago sought to create a science of…
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Photograph of the old closes and streets of Glasgow by Thomas Annan. Annan (1829 -1887) was the son of a Fife farmer and flax spinner and lived for most of his life in Glasgow. After training and working as a copperplate engraver, he set up a photographic studio in Sauchiehall Street in 1857. Annan concentrated initially on architectural photography but then turned his attention to portraits, between1868 and 1877.  Photo credit: Thomas Annan
Photo credit: A.& J. Bool — at Oxford Arms.
Old Vennel, off High Street, 1868–1871.  Photo credit: Thomas Annan — in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Urban Society: 1870s

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Arguments Yard. Whitby Yard, 19th century.
Construction of the Eiffel Tower, 1888.
Bandit roost, 59 Mulberry Street, 1888.  Photo credit: Jacob Riis

Urban Society: 1880s

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Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this image?
Photo credit: Does anyone know who took this image?
Jewish market on the East Side, 1890s.  Photo credit: Stephen Thompson — in New York, New York.

Urban Society: 1890s

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Little Italy, Mulberry Street, 1900.  Located only a few blocks south of the location shown here, the Five Points was the most notorious slum in New York, and possibly the entire world, from the early 19th to early 20th centuries.  Photo credit: Detroit Publishing Co.
Little Italy, Mulberry Street, 1900.  Located only a few blocks south of the location shown here, the Five Points was the most notorious slum in New York, and possibly the entire world, from the early 19th to early 20th centuries.  Photo credit: Detroit Publishing Co. — in New York, New York.
Mulberry Street, New York City, c. 1900.  Photo credit: Taschen / www.SannaDullaway.com

Urban Society: 1900s

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"A typical scene on the Bowery," 1910.   Photo credit: NYPL Digital Collection
Image of the interior of a tenement apartment, 1910. Poor city residents around the turn of the century often lived in tenement homes. These were dumbbell-shaped buildings with four apartments to each floor. There were typically three dark and dank rooms in each, one after the other. Before 1901, tenements were only required to have one window per apartment or a tiny air shaft for ventilation. Photo credit: Lewis W. Hine
Looking north across Adams Street at the Brooklyn approach to the Brooklyn Bridge between 1900 and 1910.  Photo credit: Detroit Publishing Company

Urban Society: 1910s

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The Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North begins during World War I as northern industries recruit wartime workers. By 1914 the African American population in Harlem reached 50,000. This image was taken in 1920 — at Harlem.   Photo credit: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
Drilling for oil on Venice Beach  Native Americans first discovered oil in California, as it seeped to the surface of the earth. They used it as a lubricant and sealant for canoes. It was later used for similar purposes by Spanish colonizers.  As the state’s population boomed in the decades following the gold rush of 1849, there was a rapidly growing demand for petroleum.
Drilling for oil on Venice Beach  Native Americans first discovered oil in California, as it seeped to the surface of the earth. They used it as a lubricant and sealant for canoes. It was later used for similar purposes by Spanish colonizers.  As the state’s population boomed in the decades following the gold rush of 1849, there was a rapidly growing demand for petroleum.

Urban Society: 1920s

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Harlem residents in front of shop listening to the radio, 1930s.  Photo credit: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture — in Harlem.
Central Park in the 1930s
Signal Hill was originally an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County. Oil was first found there in 1921, and when the city of Long Beach tried to absorb it, the oil companies banded together with the town's residents to form their own city, which was incorporated in 1924.   In this image, a woman poses on a fence at the Signal Hill oil field. There are hundreds of oil rigs, or derricks, in the background. There are a few houses scattered among the oil rigs, c. 1930s.  Photo credit: USC — in S

Urban Society: 1930s

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Photo credit: Andreas Feininger
Photo credit: Helen Levitt, 1940

Urban Society: 1940s

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Photo credit: Bert Hardy
In 1950, a 4-year-old elephant named Tuffi was forced to ride a public monorail in Wuppertal, Germany. The animal was loaded aboard as a promotion for the Althoff Circus. This ride was supposed to be a lighthearted affair, but the world quickly learned that pachyderms and monorails simply do not mix. Forty feet above the Wupper River, Tuffi decided she had enough. The animal burst through a window and plummeted into the water below. — at Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof.
1950.  Photo credit: Dennis Stock — in New York, New York.

Urban Society: 1950s

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Men ogle a young woman wearing pink pants and a gold top, summer 1969  Photo credit: Vernon Merritt III / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images
A group of children found a good spot to view the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, from atop a telephone booth. “It was a day of abundance, not only of foods and goods, but of emotions also,” reported The Times. “Five raggedy children entered the Salvation Army cafeteria at 535 West 48th Street and, sitting among the weary old men and women who traditionally feast with the army on this holiday, received heaps of turkey and potatoes, peas and pumpkin pie.” Photo credit: Neal Boenzi

Urban Society: 1960s

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Firemen put out blaze at a building on 101st Street at First Avenue burned in 1975 while children play basketball, Harlem, New York City. Photo credit: Paul Hosefros
Photo credit: Harold Feinstein
A young African-American woman carries her child in Harlem, July 1970 — at Harlem.  Photo credit: Jack Garofalo

Urban Society: 1970s

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Glasgow, Scotland, 1980  — in Glasgow, United Kingdom.   Photo credit: Raymond Depardon
"Some children pay a terrible price," 1980.  Photo credit: Raymond Depardon — in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Photo credit: Perla de Leon

Urban Society: 1980s

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Photo credit: Ellen von Unwerth
Afghanistan, June, 1992. A boy reads to his class.  [follow this link to find a bundle of videos and analyses related to the sociology of education: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/1/category/education/1.html]  Photo by: Steve McCurry - Official Page
A young couple dance the night away in the dilapidated lobby of a former hotel. Che Guevara, the icon of the Cuban revolution, looks down above them, 1995.  Photo credit: Peter Ginter — in Havana, Cuba.

Urban Society: 1990s

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At the Kashgar Sunday market, a Uighur man gets a haircut and moustache trim. Thousands of villagers from miles around descend on the town every Sunday to sell and buy goods of all sorts, c. 2004.  Photo credit: Ron Wurzer / The Seattle Times — at Kashgar Old City.
A building sits on its own island of land amid construction all around it in China. The homeowner, who has hung a banner and the national flag in protest, had refused to sell to a developer who went ahead with construction around the site, on March 22, 2007.   Photo credit: China Photos / Getty Images
A six-floor villa sits alone in a construction site in the central business district of Shenzhen. Choi Chu Cheung, the owner of the villa, and his wife Zhang Lian-hao, refused to accept the compensation offered by the developer who plans to build a financial center on the site, on April 17, 2007.  Photo credit: Paul Yeung / Reuters

Urban Society: 2000s

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Shanghai, China - 1990 vs. 2010.
Buddhist monks stand inside the complex of Tashichhodzong, also known as the "The Fortress of the Glorious Religion" in Bhutan's capital. The Tashichhodzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1641 (April 27, 2010). — in Thimphu, Bhutan. Rupak De Chowdhuri
Hong Kong, 2010 Photo credit: Matt Lief Anderson

Urban Society: 2010s

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