Race and Urban Space: Riots, Resistance, and Renewal|
HIST 286, SOC 243, AMST 250|
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 anti-poverty 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 anti-war 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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings May Include:
Thomas Sugrue, THE ORIGINS OF URBAN CRISIS; Gerald Horne, THE FIRE THIS TIME: THE WATTS UPRISING AND THE 1960s; Amanda Seligman, BLOCK BY BLOCK: NEIGHBORHOODS AND PUBLIC POLICY ON CHICAGO'S WEST SIDE; Alison Isenberg, DOWNTOWN AMERICA: A HISTORY OF THE PLACE AND THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT; Harris Stone, WORKBOOK OF AN UNSUCCESSFUL ARCHITECT; Manuel Castells, CITY AND THE GRASSROOTS; Mary Pattillo, BLACK ON THE BLOCK: THE POLITICS OF RACE AND CLASS IN THE CITY; Michael Sorkin, ed., VARIATIONS ON A THEME PARK: THE NEW AMERICAN CITY AND THE END OF PUBLIC SPACE; Lance Freeman, THERE GOES THE HOOD: VIEWS OF GENTRIFICATION FROM THE GROUND UP; Selected poems by Gwendolyn Brooks.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will write three short assignments (2-4 pages) and a research paper (10-15 pages).
|Instructor(s): Jackson,Mandi Isaacs Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC001; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 8||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 7||FR: 7|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 11||1st Ranked: 0||2nd Ranked: 1||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 10|