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Life in early cities: social organization, neighborhoods, and inequality

Lecture by Michael E. Smith (Arizona State University).

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Monday 28 May 2018,  at 12:00 - 13:00


Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) Aarhus University Moesgård Allé 20, DK-8270 Højbjerg Denmark Building 4230-232


Life in cities involves political and economic activities and forces that may be independent of a city’s urban functions. Which aspects of urban society are created by authorities, and which aspects are generated by the bottom-up actions of residents? I then explore crafts and markets as features affecting economic life in cities. Two of the major social institutions in cities are neighborhoods and wealth inequality. Studies of non-urban and semi-urban settlements give insights into these and other aspects of urban social life.


Lecture 5 in a series of lectures with the general topic: Cities Before the Modern Era: Population, Functions and Urban Life.