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Chair of Urban and Regional Sociology

Urban and regional sociology deals with the connection between society and space in the broadest sense. The built and planned space is not understood as something "natural", "given", but as something social, to be negotiated and produced again and again by people.

Once built, space also confronts people as a social fact. As such, it enables or limits social action.

The focus of urban and regional sociology is the complex interrelationship between built and social space together with the different opportunities of social groups to publicly assert their understanding of "city" and "space".

The staff of the department work on a wide range of urban developments within the framework of a general societal-theoretical perspective.

Sociological theory formation takes place in the department, especially in the context of spatial theory, postcolonial theory, sociology of knowledge and comparative urban research.

Empirical fields of work are urban heritage and heritage industry, social and spatial inequalities in the city, social movements and participation, migration and spatial mobility, interim uses and space pioneers, living in change, city and football, city and tourism, the logic of cities as well as  megacities.

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