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Christina West, Paul Gans and Ansgar Schmitz-Veltin (2008)

Cities in Space and City as Place – Rethinking Reurbanisation: Urban, Semiurban and Suburban Orientations and Their Impact on the Choice of Residence*

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 33, 3-4/2008, p. 381-408, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, ISSN: 0340-2398, DOI: 10.1007/s12523-009-0021-6

Abstract: Following the concept "city as place", urbanity and the reurbanisation discourse are critically reviewed. The concepts are redeveloped and operationalised as an analytical instrument which allows for a detailed description of urban qualities. The key issue in this analysis is the definition of fundamental value orientations which are assumed to have a strong impact on the choice of residence. With this new concept, intra-urban migration patterns in the city of Mannheim are studied quantitatively as well as the overall migration dynamics. Different population groups with their characteristic moving patterns are compared in the light of urban qualities. Implications for the reurbanisation discourse as well as for urban planning and development are discussed.

* peer-reviewed article

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