Anthropology of Cities|
Fall 2009 not offered
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of urban anthropology. The first part of the course focuses on the city, broadly understood, and on attempts to theorize and write about its unwieldy, increasingly disjointed realities. Readings on urbanism, the politics of space and place, and transnationalism include perspectives from Marxism, the avant-garde, feminism, poststructuralism, and globalization theory. The second part of the course focuses on the study of cities as they are experienced, imagined, and made every day by those who live in them. We consider how cities become, foremost, spaces for the exercise and contestation of power, for social cohabitation and conflict, for cultural creation and repression. Themes include class and race; postcoloniality and migration; informality and its cultures; the carnival; public and sacred spaces; crime, violence, and policing; and storytelling in the city.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CIR)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Mike Davis, PLANET OF SLUMS
Daniel Goldstein, THE SPECTACULAR CITY
Setha Low, BEHIND THE GATES
William F. Whyte, STREET CORNER SOCIETY
Plus articles by Walter Benjamin, Michel De Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Marshall Berman, David Harvey, and others.
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Short conceptual papers, class presentations, and final research paper.
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