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URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE Anthony Andrews & Maria Vesperi Fall 2007 Tue & Fri: 12:30-1:50 Offices & Office Hours: Anthro Lab Andrews: CHL 212 Wednesday 1-3 pm, or by appointment -- [email protected] Vesperi: CHL 233 Tuesday 3:30-5, Friday 9-10:30, or by appointment – (727) 896-1109 Note: Syllabus is posted online at Course Description Anthropologists have developed a variety of approaches to the study of urbanism as a fundamental facet of the human experience in recent millennia. Through a survey of cases, from Sumer to Mexico City to Miami, we will explore a range of techniques and theoretical approaches and evaluate their contributions to our contemporary understanding of the nature and culture of cities. The seminar will focus on several themes, including the origin of cities, conflict in relation to class, ethnicity, and racialized constructions, urban change, and urban planning. Requirements and Evaluation Required readings will include the texts listed below and a large body of material available on reserve. A video series concurrent with the course will be held on designated Monday evenings in the Anthro Lab at 7:30 pm. Evaluation of student performance will be based on class participation and three papers of 1500 words each (6 double-spaced pages). These papers will take the form of critiques, each addressing at least two reading assignments from the syllabus in a comparative focus, plus two outside sources in support of the critical arguments. Students will be encouraged to share their outside sources by compiling a class bibliography throughout the semester. Required Texts Andrews, Anthony P. 1995 First Cities. St. Remy Press, Montreal // Smithsonian Books, Washington, D.C. Gmelch, George, and Walter P. Zenner (eds.) 2002 Urban Life. 4 th edition. Waveland Press, Prospect Heights. Low, Setha, and Denise Lawrence-Zuñiga (eds.) 2003 The Anthropology of Space and Place. Locating Culture. Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA. Portes, Alejandro, and Alex Stepick 1993 City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami. University of California Press, Berkeley CLASS SCHEDULE Note: Most articles are either in the reader texts or on electronic reserve, tagged [ER]; in the electronic reserve system, they can be located.by searching under “Andrews-Vesperi.” National Geographic articles are chosen in part because of the color graphics and are best consulted in the library in print version; copies will be placed on reserve at the circulation desk, and are also available in the periodicals/journals/serials stacks at G1 .N27 . AUGUST Introduction to Urban Issues Aug 31 The Economist 2007 The World Goes to Town. The Economist , May 5. [ER]
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SEPTEMBER Overview of Historical Approaches to the Study of Urban Life Sep 4 Dickens, Charles 1985 (orig. 1842) An American Railroad. Lowell and Its Factory System. From American Notes. A Journey , by C. Dickens: 61-69. [ER]. Also available online at -- Read section on the Lowell Factory System.
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