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natural area

  A residential district within an urban area characterized by its physical individuality and, especially, its inhabitants\' cultural and other characteristics. The concept was introduced by the sociologists of the 1920s Chicago school, who presented natural areas as the outcome of an unplanned spatial sorting process of similar people through the operations of the housing market, though some adherents to the human ecology perspective saw them as statistical constructs rather than homogeneous outcomes of ecological sorting. (See segregation.) (RJJ)

Suggested Reading Hatt, P.K. 1946: The concept of natural area. American Sociological Review 11: 423-7. Zorbaugh, H.W. 1926: The natural areas of the city. Publications of the American Sociological Society 20: 188-97.



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