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sub\urban Vol. 4, Issue 2/3 (2016)


In our 10th issue we reflect on the 'conditions of critical knowledge production'. The tôpic expands our focus on cities to include urban research and focuses in particular on four themes: (1) What is critique, which academic and non-academic positions are recognizable? (2) How and under which working and production conditions is critical science possible? (3) What freedom is there for critical teaching? (4) What can critical publishing mean under today's conditions?

»Megastädte« zwischen Begriff und Wirklichkeit


"Megacities" have been the focus of media and scientific attention for some time now. However, it is unclear which qualitative characteristics really go hand in hand with size. Johanna Hoerning's critical approach to this question ties in with both classical sociological analyses and current debates. The comparative study is based on a spatial-theoretical understanding of cities that introduces the concept of fragmentation as a heuristic concept of urban analysis and combines structures and practices of everyday urban experience. At the same time, the empirical focus on Brazil extends the Euro-American framework of scientific knowledge production.

Social Entrepeneurship


Although social innovative capacity has increasingly become an issue in political and scientific discussions in recent years, its potential for spatial development has hardly been explored to date. However, social imbalances and socio-spatial disparities call for new solution models in view of the consequences of globalisation and the withdrawal of the welfare state. In industrialized countries, hopes are increasingly pinned on people who, as 'social entrepreneurs', turn to solving social problems with innovative approaches and entrepreneurial means. The authors examine specific problems from a spatial perspective, discuss funding and development policy framework conditions, outline the current state of knowledge, present practical examples and point out further research needs with a focus on Germany.

Robert E. Park


Robert Ezra Park (1864-1944) is considered the founder of empirical urban sociology and human ecological research at the University of Chicago ("Chicago School of Sociology"). Gabriela Christmann introduces us to the life, work and impact of the sociologist and outlines his influences. It presents Park's major works and shows that his interest was in cultural forms of knowledge and life in modern society.


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