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Town and City
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I. Sociology

The popular idea of a town or city is primarily a densely populated and heterogeneous collection of buildings having various uses, provided with specific rights, and always having a market place. The “European city” is however principally understood as being also the arena of city society. Sociology has studied the development of urban societies for about 150 years, because towns are pl…

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Dangschat, Jens S., Köpf, Ulrich and Grünberg, Wolfgang, “Town and City”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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