Anthropology of the City

Courses in foreign languages at the Faculty

Jacek Gądecki prof. AGH

ECTS: 6
Semester: fall

Key words:

Anthropology of the City (print)

Course description:

PART I. Anthropology
Class 1. Introduction - discussing the program of classes, rules etc.
Class 2. Anthropology in the city and anthropology of the city
Class 3. Anthropology of the city - research methods and attitudes

Part II. The City
Class 4. The Modern City
Class 5. The Postmodern City

PART III. Case Studies
Class 6. Consuming in the city and consuming the city - from the space of the consumption to the symbolic economy.
Class 7. The City and the Gender

Literature:

Class 2. Anthropology in the city and anthropology of the city

  • Low, Setha. 2005. Spatializing Culture. The Social Production and Social Construction of Public Space in Costa Rica, [in:] Setha Low (red.), Theorizing the City: The New Urban Anthropology Reader. Brunswick, New Jersey i London: Rutgers University Press., pp. 111–137.

  • Barthes, Roland. 2002. Semiology and the Urban. W: Neil Leach (red.), Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory. London & New York: Routledge, pp. 166-172.


Class 3. Anthropology of the city - research methods and attitudes

  • De Certeau, Michel. 2008. The Practices of Everyday Life,

  • Chihsin, Chiu. 2009. Contestation and Conformity: Street and Park Skateboarding in New York City Public Space, „Space and Culture” 2009; 12.


Class 4. The Modern City

  • Holston, James. 2005. The Modernist City and the Dead of the Street, [in:] Setha Low (red.), Theorizing the City: The New Urban Anthropology Reader. Brunswick, New Jersey i London: Rutgers University Press.

  • Dowall, David E. and Paavo Monkkonen. 2007.Consequences of the Plano Piloto: The Urban Development and Land Markets of Brasília „Urban Studies”  Vol. 44.


Class 5. The Postmodern City

  • Jameson,  Fredric. 2002. Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. [in:] Neil Leach. Rethinking Architecture. London, New York: Routledge, pp. 238-246.

  • Davis, Mike, Fortress Los Angeles: The Militarisation of the Urban Space


Class 6. Consuming in the city and consuming the city - from the space of the consumption to the symbolic economy.

  • Sorkin, Michael. 1992. See you in Disneyland. W: Michel Sorkin (red.), Variations on Theme Park. New York: Noonday, pp.: 205- 233.

  • Caldeira, Teresa. 2005. Fortified Enclaves: The new urban segregation. W: Setha Low. Theorizing the City. London: Rutgers Uni- versity Press, pp. 83-110.


Class 7. The City and the Gender

  • Arensen, Kari i Anne Sofie Laegran. 2003. Playing gander in public and community places. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift 57. Strony: 164-172.

  • Abaza, Mona. 2001. Shopping Malls, Consumer Culture and the Re- shaping of Public Space in Egypt. Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 18(5), pp. 97–122.



Grading system:

To pass the course one must:

  • participate in discussion (based on the papers & texts asscribed to the particural class)

  • present the final essay (6-10 pages).


The participation plus the essay will be grade separatelly (in grade scale from 2 to 5) and final grade will be avarage of those two grades.

Comments:

Course is given on individual tutorial basis.