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Cities and Citizenship: Readings in Global Urbanism

Semester and Year FA 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1880
Section 001
Instructor Rosalind Fredericks
Days R
Time 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4
Level U
Foundation Requirement   SOC, GLOBAL



Cities have long been viewed as the crucible of citizenship. But over the last few decades, the rapid urbanization of the global South has recalibrated Western derived models of cities and citizenship. This course draws on interdisciplinary readings from urban studies, geography, anthropology, and history to grapple with this global “urban revolution." Rejecting the language of crisis, chaos, and exception that is so often used to characterize cities in the global South, it will provide theoretically informed perspectives on social, cultural, and political life in rapidly urbanizing places throughout the postcolonial world. Attention will be paid to histories and legacies of colonialism alongside novel forms of governance and claims to the city. Though focused primarily on cities in the global South, the class is intended to probe how these cities reconfigure conventional understandings of being a citizen in the city (anywhere), and will also examine the global South within the ‘North’. Topics will include: the rights to the city, infrastructure and planning, gentrification, political ecologies, technologies of rule, informality and slum upgrading, and urban social movements. Selected authors may include: Ananya Roy, James Holston, Mamadou Diouf, Jane M. Jacobs, and AbdouMaliq Simone.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)