Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ANTH 699: Contemporary Issues in Sociocultural Anthropology

ANTH 699-001: Urban Ethnography
(Spring 2017)

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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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores current issues and debates in sociocultural anthropology. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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