Cities and Urban Life

Y26.5051/ Spring 2011 New York University/ SCPS/ McGhee Division
Instructor: Dr. Laura Pearl Kaya Contact: Office Hours: By appointment Credits: 4 credits Location: WS, TISC LC1 Time: Thursday 6:20-8:50

Are cities glamorous, elegant, sophisticated, and beautiful or filthy, cramped, violent and degenerate? What can people do in cities that they can’t do elsewhere? What activities, emotions, and personalities are impeded by cities? Do cities prescribe a certain form of life? What does it mean for humankind that, every year, a larger percentage of us live in urban areas? In this course, we will attempt to answer these questions by examining cities on five continents, including London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Cairo, Beijing, Bombay, Istanbul, and Rio. We will begin on the small scale by looking at the spaces of homes, neighborhoods, and sidewalks and the social relationships that these spaces produce. From there, we will move on to observe the spatial organization of whole cities. We will then consider how cities are connected to the world outside of themselves through commerce, media and migration. The study of migration will lead us to an examination of the class and ethnic divisions within cities and how these divisions can lead to violence. We will conclude on a more positive note by considering how cities are represented in creative work. Texts to be purchased (Available in the NYU bookstore) 1. Remaking the Modern: Space, Relocation, and the Politics of Identity in a Global Cairo by Farha Ghannam. University of California Press, 2002. 2. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois. Cambridge University Press, 2003. All other reading will be posted by the instructor on the course’s Blackboard website. Required Work 1. Students must complete all assigned reading and attend all class meetings. 2. Each week, students will post short, informal statements on Blackboard in response to assigned reading. Response paragraphs will be due by 1 PM on the day of class. 3. Students will have the opportunity to perform original research on urban life here in New York City. You will choose a site or cultural context to investigate. Possible topics include a public space (a park, museum, nightclub, coffee shop etc.), a community (defined by neighborhood, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.), or an institution (a church, community center, gym, business, etc.) The assignment will have three parts: a. An initial observation and proposal b. A first draft of your observations/findings c. A final paper including your analysis I‟ll distribute a more detailed description of the assignment during the second week of class. 4. There will be a cumulative final exam. Course Schedule 1) Introduction January 27


University of Chicago Press. translator. Blackwell. Thinking. 1983. 2004. “Five Approaches to Explaining „Truth‟ and „Deception‟ in Human Communication. Sexual Liberation and Urban Structure: The Gay Community in San Francisco. 2 . pp. Routledge. 1971. 2007. Dwelling. Thought. Albert Hofstadter. Dresden February 24  Vanessa Schwartz. Harper Colophon.  Georg Simmel. 67-88  Manuel Castells. pp.” Journal of Urban History 33:933.S. Basic Books.” In Money Makes Us Relatives. 32-44. networks. Williams. U.  Richard J. February 17/ ETHNOGRAPHY PROPOSAL DUE 5) Seeing the City: Paris.” In The City and the Grassroots: A Cross-Cultural Theory of Urbanization. 3) Urban homes: Cairo. University of California Press.” In Georg Simmel on Individuality and Social Forms.K. “Money Makes Us Relatives. Sandoval-Strausz. neighborhoods: Cairo.” In All Our Kin. 1963. 1-66  Brian Owensby. pp. San Francisco. 101-124. Istanbul.2) Space February 3  Carol Delaney. 1970. 4) Neighbors. 1994. 2005. The Free Press. “Homes for a World of Strangers: Hospitality and the Origins of Multiple Dwellings in Urban America.  (recommended) A. 1930‟s and 1940‟s.  (recommended) Walter Benjamin. Beijing March 3  Ghannam 88-140  Erving Goffman “Engagements Among the Unacquainted” In Behavior in Public Places.  (recommended) Susan D. “Cultural Identity. “Domesticating Modernity: Markets.” In Investigating Culture.  Jenny White. Brasilia. 1998. February 10  Ghannam. pp.  (recommended) Carol Stack. University of California Press. “Swapping. Chicago. “Modernist Civic Space and the Case of Brasilia.” In Poetry. “Metropolis and Mental Life 1903. and Morality in the Middle Class in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. 1971.S. “On Some Motifs in Baudelaire”(excerpts) 6) Encounters in Public: Cairo. Rio. Language.” Journal of Anthropological Research 61(3):289-315. 1998. U. Home. Blum. February 17  Ghannam. “Setting the Stage” (excerpts) and “Public Visits to the Morgue” ( excerpts) in Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in Fin-de-Siecle Paris. Journal of Urban History 24:337. “Building.  Martin Heidegger.” In Journal of Urban History 32:120. “Space.

eds.  (recommended) Samuel P. 9) Migration to the city: San Francisco. “African/Asian/Uptown/Downtown. 77-113. 2002. “Men Without Property: The Tramp‟s Classification and Use of Urban Space. Rio. 3 . Platt.  Saskia Sassen.7) City Plan: Hangzhou. 1965. London. Istanbul April 14  Bourgois 114-173  Teresa Caldeira. “Rethinking Modernity: Space and Factory Discipline in China” Cultural Anthropology 7(1):93-114.  Gul Ozyegin.  Ulf Hannerz. “Fortified Enclaves: The New Urban Segregation. University of Chicago Press. 1996. 1854-1918. Paris.” American Anthropologist 59(4): 579-596.” Antipode 10(1):24-34. eds. March 17/ SPRING BREAK 8) The City. 1957. Rutgers University Press. and Mexico City 1850 2000.” In Buddha is Hiding.  Preti Chopra. Waveland Press. “Exploding Cities: Housing the Masses in Paris.  Aihwa Ong. 1978. and the Tenant: Troubling Encounters in the Turkish Urban Landscape. the Maid. “Refiguring the Colonial City: Recovering the Role of Local Inhabitants in the Construction of Colonial Bombay. (recommended)174-327  Oscar Lewis.  (recommended) James Duncan. Routledge. G.” Buildings and Landscapes 14:109-125  Janet Abu-Lughod. Cairo.” in Money Has No Smell.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 7(4):429-457. Bombay.” Public Culture 8:303-328. “The Culture of Poverty. U.” Journal of Urban History 36:575. 1993. 2010.” SAIS Review 29(1):3-34. New York. West Africa March 31  Harold L. “Refugee Love as Feminist Compassion. City March 10  Lisa Rofel. Deniz Kandiyoti and Ayse Saktanber. Paris.” In Transnational Connections.  (recommended) Bourgois 48-76 10) Poverty: New York April 7  Bourgois (required)1-47.  Kenneth Little. 2007. Chicago. “The Cultural Role of World Cities. “The Role of Voluntary Associations in West African Urbanization. “Tale of Two Cities: The Origins of Modern Cairo. the Nation. April 7/ ETHNOGRAPHY RESEARCH REPORT DUE 11) Class divisions. “The Doorkeeper. Hays “From the History of the City to the History of Urbanized Society. Mexico City. 2002. the World March 24  Paul Stoller. class encounters: Sao Paolo. 1996.S. 2009.” In Fragments of Culture. 1996. “Cities in Today‟s Global Age. Zenner. Gmelch and W. Chicago. 2003.” In Urban Life.” Journal of Urban History 19(4):3-25. University of California Press.

 Tamir Sorek. Pike. Students will become familiar with key issues and debates in the fields of Urban Anthropology and Urban Sociology.  William Mazzarella. 2000. 2003. 2. Berg. 4.  Nici Nelson. ed. Bombay April 28  Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong and Gary McDonogh. 6. and Daniel J.” Journal of Black Studies 34(2):153-182. 2003. 1996. 5. 1999. City and Town in Kenyan Novels of the 1970‟s and 1980‟s. “The Mediated Metropolis: Anthropological Issues in Cities and Mass Communication. “Police and Riots.  Donna Goldstein.” In The Anthropology of Friendship. Students will practice their written and verbal communication skills. Myers. 1967-1969. Rio. “Building Affinity through Friendship.  (recommended) Nadezhda Dimitrova Savova.” In Arab Soccer in a Jewish State.(recommended) Claudia Barcellos Rezende. “Sewage Treatments: Vertical Space and Waste in Nineteenth Century Paris and London. “Representations of Men and Women.” American Anthropologist 103(1). University of Minnesota Press.” Public Culture 12(3):627-651. Boston.” In Filth.  4 . 2005.  (recommended) David L. “Sakhnin—between soccer and martyrdom. “Heritage Kinaesthetics: Local Constructivism and UNESCO‟s Intangible-Tangible Politics at a Favela Museum. Kimberly M. 3. Philadelphia. Students will read and analyze academic texts. Sakhnin. 2007.” Anthropological Quarterly 82(2):547-586. 12) Ethnic/religious divisions: Bombay. Berg. 14) Student Presentations and Review for Final Exam May 5 May 5/ FINAL ETHNOGRAPHY PROJECT DUE May 12/ FINAL EXAM Course Objectives 1. 96-111. “‟Very Bombay‟: Contending with the Global in an Indian Advertising Agency. 2009. 2001.  (recommended) Anthony Daniel Perez.” Cultural Anthropology 18(1):33-71. “Spectral Housing and Urban Cleansing: Notes on Millennial Mumbai. eds. 1999. San Francisco April 21  Arjun Appadurai.. 13) Representing the city: Rio. “‟Interracial‟ Sex and Racial Democracy in Brazil: Twin Concepts?” in American Anthropologist 101(3): 563-78. Students will gain a broader perspective on common urban problems and more deeply understand the similarities and differences between cities worldwide. Students will learn to use ethnographic research methods. Students will analyze research findings using anthropological and sociological theories. William Cohen and Ryan Johnson. Cambridge University Press. Sandra Bell and Simon Coleman. Hong Kong.” African Languages and Cultures 9(2):142-168. Nairobi.

Course readings will be available there and students will be required to post their weekly response paragraphs to the Blackboard discussion board. a paraphrased passage from another writer's work. not of the student's intention. s/he should inform the professor of this fact as early as possible. go to www. Students who have more than one unexcused absence will lose points from their class participation grade. and reported by someone else. plagiarism is to present as one's own a sequence of words quoted without quotation marks from another writer. If you don't already have a NetID. Penalties for plagiarism range from failure for a paper or course to dismissal from the University. All students are responsible for obtaining a "NetID" and password from NYU in order to gain access to Blackboard. organized. Email is usually the preferred method of communication. Since plagiarism is a matter of fact. I will post announcements on Blackboard throughout the semester. This is not negotiable and students will not be permitted to re-do plagiarized work. log into NYUHome and click on Academics to gain access to and click "activate" to begin the process of obtaining a NetID. it will receive a 0. Even where there is no conscious intention to deceive. artwork. Assignments due before April 28 will be accepted up to one week late. examples will be discussed in class. If you already have one. double spaced and printed in Times New Roman font.home. Students may use any standard form for their bibliographies. Grading Ethnography proposal Ethnography findings report Final Ethnography paper Ethnography Presentation Final Exam Response Paragraphs Class Participation 10% 15% 25% 5% 25% 10% 10% February 17 April 7 May 5 May 5 May 12 Weekly Weekly 5 . If a student must miss class. it is crucial that acknowledgement of the sources be accurate and complete. creative images. Attendance Policy Attendance is required. If a student needs an extension on a piece of written work. It is likely that a grade of 0 on a paper will cause a student to fail the course.” If there is any plagiarism in any student paper. Plagiarism Please be aware of the SCPS statement on plagiarism: ”Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work as though it were one's own. Late assignments will be marked down one letter grade unless the professor has previously granted an extension. Style All written assignments should be typed.nyu. Policy on Late or Missed Work No written work will be accepted after April 28. or design. the failure to make appropriate acknowledgment constitutes plagiarism.Blackboard This course will rely heavily on Blackboard. or facts or ideas gathered. More specifically. s/he should discuss her/his situation with the professor as early as possible. Furthermore. orally and/or in writing and not providing proper attribution. There are few satisfactory excuses which would explain why a student did not inform the professor of her/his absence before class.

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