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241). His discussion of the development of functional differentiation and interdependence in the human community draws heavily on Durkheim’s analysis of the origins of the division of labour. Just as Durkheim argues that the transition from a relatively homogeneous to a relatively differentiated society is effected by an increase in material and moral density, so too Park suggests that an increase in population size within a given area, together with an extension of transport and communication networks, results in greater specialization of functions (and thus stronger ties of interdependence).
Just as in nature one species succeeds another as the dominant life form in a particular area, so too in the human community the pattern of land use changes as areas are invaded by new competitors which are better adapted to the changed environmental conditions than the existing users. g. g. business). Following a successful invasion, a new equilibrium is then established and the successional sequence comes to an end. It is these related processes of competition, dominance, succession and invasion that provide the basis for the well-known model of community expansion proposed by Burgess (1967).
McKenzie (1967) argued that the size of any human community is limited by what it can produce and by the efficiency of its mode of distribution. Thus a primary service community (such as one based on agriculture) cannot grow beyond a population of around 5000, whereas an industrial town can grow to many times that size provided its industries are serviced by an efficient system of market distribution. It was McKenzie’s contention that any particular type of community tended to increase in size until it reached its climax point at which the size of population was most perfectly adjusted to the capacity of the economic base to support it.
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