Krug Hall 209
Section Information for Spring 2017
When did the city become a social and cultural object? This course analyzes the development of ethnographic methods to study urban life in cities around the world and the contributions of this research to urban theory. What are the methodological challenges of doing ethnographic fieldwork in cities? How are issues of cultural complexity addressed ethnographically in the study of topics such as: markets and globalization, poverty and inequality, health and the environment, policy and governance, infrastructure and built environments, gender and urban space, policing and community?
To answer these questions, we will go straight to the source and read ethnographies of cities from anthropology, sociology, and geography to find out how scholars define their research objectives, carry out those objectives, and write up their results. In addition to shorter assignments, students will have a choice of writing an end-of-term literature review paper or undertaking a small-scale ethnographic project in consultation with the professor.
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Specialized inquiry of topics of contemporary sociological research and scholarship. Content varies.
May be repeated for credit when topic varies for a maximum of 12 credits.