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Anthropology on the Town


The article describes the methods used by urban sociologists for studying life in large cities. He argues that anthropological methods become important in this area after average data (i.e. census) became prevalent. Cases that deviated from the mean become more interesting and important. These methods include: observing areas in cities to see who walks by, how often, and what are they wearing. Getting people to draw maps of the city to see what areas they include and which areas are drawn disproportionately. While much of the data collection is commonsense, what is important is that it is done in a systematic fashion (i.e. sociometrics).