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Week 02 Intro to Urban Anthropology

Week 02 Intro to Urban Anthropology - The Study of Life in...

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The Study of Life in the City The Study of Life in the City
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The Anthropological Approach The Anthropological Approach Provides unique and uniquely useful  insights into urban life Research methods unique to  anthropology Theoretical and analytical perspectives:  looking at ethnicity and social relations,  Marxist perspectives criticizing the  structure of cities; postmodernism
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Life in the City Life in the City Is life different, and if so, how? Simmel in “The Metropolis and Mental Life”
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“The psychological basis of the metropolitan type of individuality consists in  the intensification of nervous stimulation which results from the swift  and uninterrupted change of outer and inner stimuli.  Man is a  differentiating creature.  His mind is stimulated by the difference  between a momentary impression and the one which preceded it.   Lasting impressions, impressions which differ only slightly from one  another, impressions which take a regular and habitual course and  show regular and habitual contrasts – all these use up, so to speak,  less consciousness than does the rapid crowding of changing images,  the sharp discontinuity in the grasp of a single glance, and the  unexpectedness of unrushing impressions.  These are the  psychological conditions which the metropolis creates.  With each 
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