From Metropolis to Megalopolis|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
What is the urban experience today? Are the old European metropolises, the global cities of New York or Tokyo, and the new megalopolises of the Global South commensurate entities? What are the theoretical and methodological challenges we face in thinking about "the urban" today, given the vastly different histories, trajectories, and physical and social realities of cities around the world? This course is an introductory and interdisciplinary survey of urban theory. We will critically examine "the city" as a transhistorical category of analysis and focus on issues of anthropological concern regarding the experience and epistemology of urbanization and urban life. No prior background in urban studies is expected, but an interest in theory is a must.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(CSCT)
A selection of classic urban studies texts, including The Chicago School (Park, Burgess, and Wirth), German sociology and Critical Theory (Weber, Simmel, Benjamin), and Marxist and Post-Marxist theory (Marx, Engels, Lefebvre, Castells, Harvey). Readings on modernist, semiotic, and space theory as well as on the post-metropolis include works by Le Corbusier, Marshall Berman, James Holston, Guy Debord, Michel de Certeau, Doreen Massey, Edward Soja, Jean Gottmann, Mike Davis, Saskia Sassen, Ananya Roy, and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short papers and a term research paper