Small town research in Germany – status quo and recommendations

Porsche, Lars; Steinführer, Annett; Beetz, Stephan; Dehne, Peter; Fina, Stefan; Grossmann, Katrin; Leibert, Tim; Maass, Anita; Mayer, Heike; Milbert, Antonia; Nadler, Robert; Sondermann, Martin (2019). Small town research in Germany – status quo and recommendations. Positionspapier aus der ARL, 114 Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung

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Urban studies in Germany are traditionally oriented towards large cities. The structures, meanings and functions of small towns are not sufficiently perceived and differentiated in scientific or political debates. Adequate research on small towns requires systematic, comparative, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. Traditional attributions should be questioned critically and small towns should be examined empirically in their diversity and differentiation. This involves paying attention to external influences and heterogeneous internal structures as well as to regional functions and interdependencies. The availability and generation of statistical data, which also make small-scale analyses possible, are just as necessary as more comprehensive studies, which go beyond limited case studies. Finally, also research funding and academic teaching should address small towns more systematically than it has been the case in the past. This position paper presents recommendations for research, university teaching, official statistics and research funding in the field of small town research. The Ad-hoc Working Group focused on small town research in Germany and German-language literature, respectively.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Economic Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Heike

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

1611-9983

Publisher:

Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung

Language:

English

Submitter:

Carmen Metzler

Date Deposited:

12 Dec 2019 09:05

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2020 08:07

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.135929

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/135929

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