MES 322K • CITY IN S ASIA/ MIDDLE EAST/ AFRICA
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
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?
Attendance and Participation 20% First paper 25% Second paper 30% Group Project 25%
Strangers in the City: Reconfig. of Space Pwr and Soc Networks w/in China's Floating Population; City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender & Politics of Poverty; Catching Hell in the City of Angels; The Politics of the Governed; For the City Yet to Come