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Race and Urban Space: Riots, Resistance, and Renewal

AFAM 252
Fall 2008 not offered
Crosslisting: HIST 286, SOC 243, AMST 250
Course Cluster: Urban Studies

This course examines the cultural, political, and social meanings of the city, community, and neighborhood while interrogating the effects of urban renewal--including highway construction, the evolution of public housing, the transformation of downtowns, and the implementation of antipoverty programs--on the physical and cultural spaces of the city. From New Haven's parking garages, to Chicago's South Side, to San Francisco's International Hotel, we will look at case studies of particular contestations over urban sites, while putting them into a larger political, cultural, and economic context through an examination of the War on Poverty, the civil rights, black power, and antiwar movements; popular culture; and national policy. Drawing from a variety of disciplines (history, geography, anthropology, sociology, black studies) and a range of sources (archival materials, government documents, photographs, maps, films, oral histories), students will interrogate the cultural and spatial roots of urban inequality, forms of organized resistance to master plans and public policies, the persistence of segregated urban spaces, and the relationship between culture, the political economy, and the urban landscape.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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