Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Studying Individual, Environment and Interaction of the Two
I spent last weekend working on these readings while visiting good friends who left Boston six months ago to live in the heart of downtown Chicago. These friends moved specifically re professions, big-city amenities and the opportunity to eventually buy a house for less than 400K (in the suburbs). Re the readings and thoughts, I’m thinking about the ebb and flow of people into, out of and within urban areas (in modern days or generations ago) – how much of what drives the city and these individuals is interdependent? In some ways, the readings range from over-generalizing populations to under-estimating effects of individual and environment. Gans’ insights help show a way to study such forces, but how can we better understand the multiple layers within the individual, the environment and interaction between the two?