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People, place, and system: organizations and the renewal of urban social theory

Marwell, Nicole P. and McQuarrie, Michael (2013) People, place, and system: organizations and the renewal of urban social theory. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 647 (1). pp. 126-143. ISSN 0002-7162

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Abstract

This article offers a theoretical framework for thinking about how organizations matter for the production, reproduction, and amelioration of urban poverty. We draw on the classical concept of integration, in both its social and systemic versions, as an important tool for advancing urban social theory. A key challenge for urban organizational analysts is to keep within view the processes of both social and systemic integration, while empirically investigating how they are connected (or not). Too many urban researchers focus on one or the other, with little conceptualization of the importance of linking the two. We argue that urban organizations of all kinds provide a strategic site for observing processes of both social and systemic integration, and that urban organizational research should examine many of them to better understand the multiple urban transformations currently in process.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ann.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2013 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 12:37
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/52471/

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