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Recent Trends in Urban Geography : Review of Progress Reports in『Progress in Human Geography』

서울대학교 국토문제연구소
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  • 도시내부구조
  • 도시·지역체계
  • 공간패턴과 사회과정
  • 재구조화
  • Urban Structure
  • Urban And Regional Systems
  • Spatial Patterns And Social Processes
  • Restructunng
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Political Science


This paper reviewed of Progress Reports in Progress in Human Geography, in order to provide an interpretation of how the major trends in the field of urban geography on past 30 years has developed, and in recent past has responded to the challenges presented by both new urban problems and new developments in social theory. Indeed it has been an exciting period, with considerable turbulence and significant new theories, themes, and variation on them. In studies on urban internal structure, during 1970s positivistic spatial analysis (neoclassical-functional approach) were generally accepted as important segment of geographical scholarship and education. Development of institutional (structuralistic) approach generated vibrant debates on relation between spatial patterns and social processes. In 1680s, structuralistic approach has become an increasingly favoured research framework in urban geography. Separating trend into a number of specialism and debates on developing universal theories and specific features of individual cities have been accumulated multilayerly. Especially since mid-1980s global restructuring has impacted broadly on urban spatial structures, which deepened more geographical urban researches. Early 1990s, two themes have received attention especially: increasing racial tension and social inequalities, and coherence of places and urban lifeworld that stem from economic and political restructuring.

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