ANT 345C • Urban Cultures
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
The city is one of humanity's most profound and unwieldy inventions. This course surveys the culture of cities, exploring their historical development and their current dynamism. Our perspective will encompass the great global cities as well as major urban areas in the United States. We will frame the urban experience from a number of perspectives, examining the distinctive forms of expressive culture, ethnic and racial conflict, and political or economic activity that cities generate. Students will gain an understanding of the profound impact of new technologies, immigration, and gentrification on how cities grow and decline. We will consider each of these dimensions of urban experience from a cultural perspective, which focuses on how people create meaningful lives.
In addition to the lecture, students must also register for one of the following discussion sections: 28625, F 9-10:00, GAR 111 28630, F 9-10:00, PAR 210 28635, F 11-12:00, JES A216A 28640, F 12-1:00, WAG 208
Mama Might be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America, Laurie Abraham On the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture, Setha Low The Future of us All: Race and Neighborhood Politics in New York City, Roger Sanjek The Culture of Cities, Sharon Zukin. Reader at Able's Copies, 715-D West 23rd Street: 472-5353