The RC21 urban studies conference in Berlin triggered participants to rethink the resourcefulness of cities in today’s urbanized world. A wide variety of papers turned on sociologist’s fancy for topics ranging from gentrification, to conflict, to geography, and back to gentrification. The visitors displayed a vast amount of urban dwelling in the way they presented their papers. Urban dwelling, however, seemed in slight contrast to the plenary sessions that were mostly in search of ‘a new theory to understand the changing nature of the urban environment’.
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