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Power and Culture in American Cities(373-0-20)


Micaela di Leonardo
1810 Hinman Ave., Room #210, EV Campus
Micaela di Leonardo is a cultural anthropologist with broad interests in social and economic inequality, whether by class, race, gender or sexuality?and the analysis of public spheres and counterpublics rationalizing or protesting those inequalities. Her primary geographic focus is American urban life, but she also works on global political economy.

Meeting Info

Online: Thurs, 5:00PM - 7:50PM

Overview of class

This course provides an entr?e into the fraught and shifting politics and cultures of American urban life. Our special foci will be urban political economy, ethnographic knowledge, urban space and neighborhoods, recent demographic, political, and economic trends?especially the verifiable facts concerning widening class inequalities, race and racism, immigration and xenophobia, gender and misogyny, and LBGTQ populations and homophobia--and on the shifting American public sphere. With this ethnographic, social scientific, and historical grounding, to which I will add with focused lectures, we will have intensive, seminar-style discussions. Midterm and final will be take-home, "think" exercises. Prerequisite: Anthropology 211 or other cultural/social anthropology courses, or another introductory course in sociology or American history.

Close reading of all assigned texts, class attendance and participation, including stints of co-facilitation, take-home midterm and final.

Registration Requirements

junior level seminar

Class Materials (Required)

Books, available at Norris, and on library reserve:

Gina P?rez, The Near Northwest Side Story (California)
Jane Collins et al, eds., New Landscapes of Inequality: (SAR) [NLI]
There is also a course reader,* available at Quartet Copy, 328-0720

Class Notes

Attendance at first mtg required

Class Attributes

Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area
Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time