Ernest W. Burgess


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Born in Canada, Burgess taught at Chicago University from 1916 until his retirement in 1952. He was a major influence on the development of the Chicago School, stressing the value of empirical research, and pioneering the study of the city (with Robert Park), delinquency (with Clifford Shaw), and family life. Many of his most influential writings will be found in The Basic Writings of Ernest W. Burgess (1974) edited by Donald J. Bogue. See also concentric zone theory.

Subjects: Sociology.

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