Social and Cultural Deviance in the City

Course code SOCA3360
Not available in 2015

Description

Students will be introduced to urban anthropology as a field of research. The city is the major focus of urban research. It has been the object of study for planners and reformers in their zeal to make the city governable as well as diverse forms of resistance to such control. The course will consider the rich body of social research that seeks to make sense of the social world created by the modern city.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding that urban planning processes are not neutral, technical activities, but are deeply embedded in social, political and cultural contexts

2. An understanding of key debates and prevailing approaches in the social analysis of the city.

3. An ability to apply key concepts and strategies of fieldwork research.

Content

Topics may include:

  1. Defining the experience of the modern city through the studies of the Chicago School.
  2. Variations in fieldwork approaches to urban life, Robert Park, Louis Wirth, Erving Goffman, Clyde Mitchell, Max Gluckman.
  3. Modern forms of power, Michel Foucault, Marc Auge
  4. Modern forms of resistance from hobo life, football hooliganism to crimes of style such as hip hop graffiti and skateboarding
  5. An introduction to new approaches to the city: Gentrification, MacDonaldisation (Ritzer), Disneyfication (Zukin), the New Ghetto (Bourdieu, Wacquant, Anderson), the new Social Classes (Sennett, Caldiera, Davis), Edgework and Risk Taking (Lyng, Lupton)

Assumed Knowledge

20 units at 1000 level in SOCA.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Individual tutorial presentations

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term