An Analytical Approach to the Impact of Urban Physical Aspects on Culture and Behavior

Document Type: Original Paper

Authors

1 Associate Professor, Tehran Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Candidate, Tehran Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Culture has always been regarded as the most important element of human communities; we can easily observe cultural changes. What causes these changes has been a matter of controversy. The issues such as people’s increasingly getting detached from each other, psychopathy, behavioral abnormalities, traditions being increasingly faded away, malformation, extravagancy and value conversion into anti-values led the authors to conduct an investigation into the factors which cause such changes to happen. Moreover, the paper proposes strategies for improving the situation. First, the concept of culture and its elements are discussed. Then, the impact of urban physical aspects on the culture is dealt with. In developing a theoretical framework for the study, content analysis was performed. Qualitative and quantitative research methods were employed for small-scale (micro-level) and large-scale (macro-level) case studies, respectively. Finally, the results were discussed and a model was proposed for the impact of the urban physical aspects on culture and behavior.

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