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Anthropology of Cities

ANTH 230
Fall 2013 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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CGST-MN)(HRAD-MN)(STS)

Last Updated on JUN-19-2024
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