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ANT 127: Urban Anthropology

This course is an introduction to modern and contemporary cities, urban cultures and politics from an anthropological perspective.
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Upper division course


Spring 2021


We will explore the production of different forms of urban space as a social process through which power relations, inequality, and social domination are constituted and contested. After reviewing classical and contemporary theories on the formation of cities and urban life, we will take a closer look at recent socioeconomic, and cultural transformations brought by globalization. By reading urban ethnographies in western and non-western cultural contexts, students will gain a deeper understanding of the following issues: urban space, class relations, structural racism, migration, wastes, citizenship, and urban poverty.