I’ve listed the study guide questions from my TA below. More than one person can sign
up per question and you can sign up for more than one question if you’d like/think you
would be able to answer it well. Thanks again everyone.
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Question 1: Vernice Arahan
Question 2: Chris Donaldson
Question 3: Alyssa Banks
Question 4: Jennie Cho
Question 5: Bria Francisco
Question 6: Jerald Watson
Question 7: Leo Lai
Question 8: Peter Smet
Question 9: AJ Velarde
Question 10: Elliot Sperling
What is a city? From what we’ve read in the first weeks of class, what are
some different ways that theorists characterize the city?
The city as defined by the class is not static and yet static at the same
time. According to David Harvey, the city is both a process and a thing -- the two
having a dialectical relationship, which means they impact and shape each other.
In simpler terms, the city is a result of processes but yet while being formed,
changes those processes or rather changes the way the processes affect the city
back. According to Massey, cities are places of multiple histories and are
continuously part of multiple networks. They are the result of the various socio-
economic, cultural and political forces that accompany entering cultures and
have different purposes for those cultures. For example, a city at one time might
have formed the capital of a large empire and so displays internal networking.
But then a colonial force comes in and the purpose of the city and its connection
to networks changes. Rather than being internal, the city is now part of an
external network -- one that can be transnational and/or transcontinental. The city
is a space created and changed by city dwellers.
It is fundamental to see how a
city -- a space -- is created by city dwellers so as to see how encounters of
people, of things, etc, are organized and created. Such a definition connotes
social, political, economic, cultural, etc. divisions that take place within in the city.
These may overlap, go against one another or support each other.
In what ways is pre-modern urban growth similar to and different from
urban growth today? Use the readings as the basis for your argument.
Urban growth today and in earlier history has generally been because
people see better prospects of city life. Before the Mongols invaded Hangchow,
China, people would migrate to the city to get better or different jobs; working in
agriculture in rural areas generally provided a lower income than did unskilled
labor in the city. The same is true today, as migrants still move from rural to
What is different today, however, is that there is also vast
movement from city to city and across international borders, as seen in the Wu
Chinese diaspora article. Another similarity is how people tend to move into the