Anthropology of Cities|
Fall 2012 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
|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)(CIR)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Mike Davis, PLANET OF SLUMS
Daniella Gandolfo, THE CITY AT ITS LIMITS
Setha Low, BEHIND THE GATES
Plus articles by Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, Michel De Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Michel Foucault, David Harvey, Marc Auge, Teresa Caldeira, and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short conceptual papers, class presentations, and final ethnographic paper.
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