Anthropology of Cities|
Spring 2011 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 is a theoretical examination of "the modern city" and of contemporary global urban trends, such as the explosion of cities into megalopolises. Attention is placed on new intellectual challenges these trends present to us in our attempts to think and write about urban space and metropolitan life today. Readings on urbanism and urbanization, the production 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 racialization; public and "sacred" spaces; "informality" and its cultures; carnivals and parades; crime and policing; and storytelling in the city.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CGST-MN)(HRAD-MN)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Tomas Sugrue, THE ORIGINS OF THE URBAN CRISIS: RACE AND INEQUALITY IN POSTWAR DETROIT
Brett Williams, UPSCALING DOWNTOWN: STALLED GENTRIFICTION IN WASHINGTON D.C.
Philippe Bourgois, IN SEARCH OF RESPECT: SELLING CRACK IN EL BARRIO
MARIE MIRANDA, HOMEGIRLS IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
SETHA LOW. BEHIND THE GATES, LIFE SECURITY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN THE FORTRESS AMERICA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers, two 7-9 page papers or a final 15-20 page research paper.
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