Urban space and the city

AuthorErjona Fusha
PositionFaculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana
Vol. 3 No. 3
January, 2018
Balkan Journal of Interdisciplinary Research
IIPCCL Publishing, Graz-Austria
ISSN 2410-759X
Acces online at www.iipccl.org
Urban space and the city
Erjona Fusha
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana
This article will address some functions of the space as an important issue of the urban
sociology. It is not an easy task to dene the urban space since such denition should take into
consideration the social parameters as an integral part of it. The diculty of determining urban
space increases if we take into consideration the fact that the urban space is an urbanization
object, a social process that depicts the way cities grows and societies become more complex.
Urban space is a dynamic aspect of urbanization. All human activity is dispersed in time
and space. According to some studies, it is important to understand that all human activities
happens in time and space, but on the other hand it is needed to understand when and where
this activities take place. This article will also address some perspectives of the concept of the
world society and its future. Without neglecting the city, which cannot be considered as casual
in the eld of concepts dealt with in urban sociology, it is the heart of its most important issues.
Keywords: space, urban sociology, world society, city.
The post-communist transition period has brought new dynamics to the
transformation of the urban areas. Although the improvements have been made in
many ways, there is a disintegration of the traditional city identity. Thus, on one hand
this urban identity that has come from the past has been damaged by time and on the
other hand it has been under pressure from the new urban dynamics of the market
society. The urban identity is a symbolic value. Although it is materialized in various
objects, it has a symbolic meaning and rst of all it expresses a major spiritual value.
Then it is a symbolic central value that has been accepted almost by the majority of
the community that recognizes itself, equates to it, and gives meaning to its being
through it. Meanwhile, the urban space is not a pragmatic element, only an area
where it is bought and sold and where it is gained or lost money, in this case it has
lost its symbolism, it becomes foreign to peoples and produces a disintegration of
society itself.
1. Culture, the individual and the social interdependence in time and space
Raymond Williams says: The culture is the set of mindsets and paerns of behavior and
a way of life that are reected in the whole activity of the members of the culture” (Dervishi
2007: 4). In this sense, cultural relations are the embodiment of certain mentalities
that direct inter-individual communication and play an important role in the psycho-
social formation of everyone. The representation of a human mentality is at the
same time the representation of a certain cultural identity. The laer is based on a
set of values such as ethnic, social, political, etc. Bourdieu sees in culture a set of

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