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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2010

MES 381 • CITIES AND CITIZENSHIP

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42290 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
EPS 1.128
ALI, K

Course Description

This focus on local socio-spatial dynamics has challenged & re-articulated the idea of the modern city. While economically disadvantaged communities have been central in this project, gendered subjects have remained marginal to the study of economic, social & spatial dynamics of SAsian, Latin American, MIddle Eastern & African cities. The course will engage with material from the various regions & also address some of the following questions: Does the city represent a site of personal autonomy & political possibilities for women/men? At different moments public discourse in distinct societies has produced the city as both site of modern citizen-making & site of corruption/ pollution. How have different classes of people in distinct temporalities/ spatialities negotiated these tensions? What are local grammars of urbanity & rurality? How is the 'rural' configured in the city in both popular & dominant discourses? In what ways are these discourses gendered -- & in what ways do gendered subjects negotiate senses of self/community with or beyond them? How do urban politics & policies reshape households & communities' relationship to the city? A more detailed description to be provided by the instructor.

Grading Policy

To be provided by the instructor.

Texts

To be provided by the instructor.

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