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It could therefore be argued—as was done by Sombart 5 —that in fact urban sociology as a subject with an identity of its own does not exist. Be that as it may, such considerations explain the uncertainty in the selection of items for this bibliography. β Inevitably, it had to be rather eclectic, for so are the relevant topics and disciplines. In Britain, moreover, it is particularly difficult to draw lines of demarcation: just because here, and especially recently, the material directly devoted to a typology of urban history, of urban settlements, institutions and social structure is very scarce, it is the more necessary to survey a wide field, so as to indicate the reasons for this deficiency, as well as the sources for future studies.
They have drawn attention to u r b a n ethnic and social groups, to their clusters, their institutions, relations and behaviour patterns—to the ghetto, the "gold coast and the slum". : R. E. Park, E. W. Burgess and R. D. McKenzie, The City, Chicago» Univ. of Chicago Press, 1925; United States, Federal Housing Administration» H. , United States Government Printing Office, 1939; W. , Harvard Univ. Press, 1947. 50 READINGS IN URBAN SOCIOLOGY general or individually as instances of social phenomena, seen separately or in combination.
Therefore, the outstanding, professional and non-professional, sociological writers on urbanism have not usually outlined an u r b a n sociology as such, that is, a specific, clearly limited field. M a x Weber, Pirenne, Sombart and others have dealt with the history of urbanism in its varied aspects, with comparative u r b a n institutions a n d their interactions, in the endeavour to outline a successive typology of cities. Similarly, though in a less encyclopaedic manner, the origin and symptoms of internal city growth, and the resulting intra-city differentiation, have been studied and classified by the Chicago school.