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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Spring 2010

ANT 324L • City in S. Asia/Mid East/Africa

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30280 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
gar 1.126

Course Description

The class will focus on how recent scholarship on cities has concentrated on the informal sector, rural-urban migration and peri-urban spaces. During the course of the semester the students will engage with material from various regions of the world to address some of the following questions: Does the city represent a site of personal autonomy and political possibilities for women/men? At different moments public discourse in distinct societies has produced the city as both site of modern citizen-making and site of corruption/ pollution. How have different classes of people in distinct temporalities/spatialities negotiated these tensions? How do urban politics and policies reshape households and communities' relationship to the city? What political space is provided for subjects to resist or renegotiate state sponsored attempts to re-order the urban landscape?

Grading Policy

Requirements: The students will be required to regularly attend the class. I shall also expect students to have read the assigned material, as I shall run the class as a seminar rather than a lecture course. I shall intervene and explain where necessary, but the onus will be on the student(s) to lead and engage in discussions.. More than three absences without notice shall reflect on your final grade. There shall be no exams. Instead I shall expect one class presentation, two papers and a final group project. The paper and research topics will be discussed and elaborated upon during the course of the semester. Grades Distribution: Attendance and Participation: 20 points First paper: 25 points Second paper: 30 points Group Project: 25 points


The following texts have been ordered at the COOP. Li Zhang: Strangers in the City: Reconfiguration of Space Power and Social Networks Within China's Floating Population. Stanford University Press, 2001 Ananya Roy: City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty. University of Minnesota Press, 2002. Joao Vargas: Catching Hell in the City of Angels. University of Minnesota Press, 2006. Partha Chatterjee: The Politics of the Governed. Columbia University Press, 2004 Abdoumaliq Simone: For the City Yet to Come. Duke University Press, 2004. There will also be a course-pack which will contain other readings.


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