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ANT 4442 Urban Life Dr. Jay Sokolovsky
SPRING 1999 Office: COQ 214; 553-1514
Office hours: T,TH 2-3:30; WED 4:30-5:30 or by appointment
This course will analyze Urban Places, Urbanism and Urbanization through a world-wide comparative Anthropological approach. Through lectures, readings, films, slides and video tapes we will explore the urban experience in non-Western cultures and compare this with American urban life.
To maximize understanding of class materials and your grade, it is imperative to keep up in the readings and come to class prepared to discuss them.
Your grade will be based on the following:
1 Mid-Term exam: 30%
1 final exam: 25%
2 short research projects: 25% (see appendix)
1 very short discussion piece 5%
about Little Brazil
Class participation: 15%
*Note: These are approximate values and can be adjusted to a given situation. For example, if a student has a difficult time with an exam but does an exceptional job in class participation or on the research projects, I will feel free to decrease the degree to which the exams determine the final grade.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: IF YOU MISS MORE THAN THREE CLASS THE HIGHEST GRADE YOU CAN GET IS A B
1. Urban Life, (4th edition, 1995) by George Gmelch and Walter Zenner
2. The Broken Fountain by Thomas Belmonte, (2nd Edition), 1989.
3. Little Brazil: An Ethnography of Brazilian Immigrants in New York City. 1994. by Maxine Margolis.
Note: To help minimize the cost of class materials I will be handing out a good number of articles: It will be your responsibility to keep track of them.
-- Reserve articles: these articles to be found in the Pointer Library reserve area are to be carefully read. You can be certain they will be on the exam.
1/13 What is an Urban Anthropology?
1) pp. 2-13;I-Wirth;
3) Preface , pp. 3-9.
Urbs, Urbanism and Urbanization
Handout: "World Urban Development.";
Some key discussion points: how did an Urban Anthropology emerge? How is the research approach of Maxine Margolis different from how a sociologist might study Brazilian migrant to the US? What are the key changes in world urban development since the 1950's. According to Wirth what is urbanism all about?
1/20 Civitas - The Rise of Urban Places - Video on the first cities.
1) I - Milgram; Sjoberg; Sjoberg and Sjoberg;
Handout: "The Collapse of Mayan Society"
WEB TIE IN-Required: Ancient Mayan Cities http://www.civilization.ca/membrs/civiliz/maya/mmc02eng.eng
[if you have problems getting this search for "cities of the ancient maya" - click on this site, read what it says about ancient Maya cities. Also look at the pictures to get a feel for how the cities were organized. How is it different from cities you are familiar with? Under the first set of pictures, click on the word Tikal and explore what you get.
Optional: BECOME A CITIZEN OF AN ANCIENT CITY
1/27 "Teotihuacan"; Slides-America's First Big Apple
Video: New York's African Burial Ground -
1) I - Schell
Handouts: (1) "Teotihuacan"; (2) Archeology as Community Service: The African Burial Ground Service," by Warren Perry.
WEB TIE IN: America's first "Big Apple"
TEOTIHUACAN HOME PAGE. Maps, films and research reports.
2. New York City's Colonial Era African Burial ground http://arcrs4.saed.kent.edu:80/gallery/bground/bg1.html
2/3 What are anthropologists doing in Cities? Slides - Studying skid row in New York
Handouts: (1) Spradley "Adaptive Strategies of Urban Nomads: The Ethnoscience of Tramp Culture"; (2) Basham "Anthropologists in Cities."
1)II-Gmelch; Intro. to part VI
**Be prepared to discuss your first project.
2/10 Defining Communities - CLASS MEETS DOWNTOWN ST. PETE
1) I - Bob Rotenberg.
2) Introduction (xvii-xxvi), Ch. 1,2
Instructions for the beginning of class: Bring umbrellas, just in case. If the weather is very bad call my office 553-1514. For the first half of the class we will all meet at the St. Pete, downtown Post Office on the 4th st., north-east side which intersects with 1st avenue north. SEE MAP GIVEN OUT IN CLASS: PLEASE ARRIVE AT 5:45 SO WE CAN GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS PROJECT. NOTE: IF YOU ARRIVE EARLY, I WILL LIKELY BE IN THE "AGE OF REASON BOOK STORE" - THE NORTH WEST CORNER OF 1ST. AVE NORTH AND 4TH ST. NORTH (THE OWNER BILL WAS AN ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR IN COLLEGE).
1. Bring a wide notebook to facilitate mapping and note taking (Eckerds often has them cheap)
2. Also Please read the following in preparation:
On reserve: Amos Rapoport, "Urban Design as the Organization of Space, Time, Meaning and Communication"
AS WE WALK AROUND THINK ABOUT:
(1) HOW THE URBAN SPACE IS ORGANIZED IN COMPARISON TO 14th STREET IN MANHATTAN AND THE TRADITIONAL MIDDLE EASTERN AND LATIN AMERICAN CITIES MENTIONED IN THE RAPOPORT ARTICLE OR IN GENERAL TO THE PREINDUSTRIAL CITIES MENTIONED IN "URBANISM AND CIVILIZATION"
(2) OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU OBSERVE (THERE WILL NOT BE MANY) HOW ARE THEY RELATING TO THEIR PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT.
(3) COULD YOU REWRITE ROTENBERG'S ARTICLE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ST. PETE VERSUS VIENNA.
[NOTE- FEB. 12-14 IS THE INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL AT THE BAYFRONT CENTER]
*2/17 FIRST PROJECTS ARE DUE Guest Speaker - Mike Dove, Director of St. Petersburg's Neighborhood Services Administration
1) I - Merry; VI - Kirshenblatt-Gimlett;
2) ch 2,3
TAKE HOME MID-TERM AND STUDY GUIDE GIVEN OUT.Due 3/3
2/24 Third World Urbanization - or Mike Dove
1) 1) III - Intro; Simic
3) Ch. 1,2,3,4
Handout - Western: "South African Urbanization"
Film: Four Women of South Africa
3/3 SHORT IN-CLASS MID-TERM EXAM (ONE HOUR or less)
TAKE HOME EXAM IS DUE
Video - Squatter Town in Peru
1) III - V - Logan; VI- Epstein
3) Ch. 2,
3/10 SPRING BREAK !!
3/17 Urbanites in a new land
1) III - Kemper, IV-Brettell, Nelson
3) Ch. 4-7 (stress, 6.7)
Based on the Margolis book create a person or persons who is a Brazilian immigrant (2 or more people can do this together). Write a 2-3 page description of the persons life and the ways they have adapted or not adapted to life in the New York City area. I must be convinced that such a person could exist based on the book materials
3/24 Social Networks, Urbs and Family -
1) IV - Stack;
Slides - social networks among the inner city elderly
Library Reserve: Jay Sokolovsky and Carl Cohen "Networks as Adaptation: The Cultural Meaning of Being a "Loner" Among the Inner-City Elderly"
2) Ch. 5, 6
*Possible handout: "The cradle of mutual aid" from The
Immigrant World of Ybor City."
FIVE POINTS SITE:
get a new view on what was considered the toughest part of New York
City in the second half of the 19th century.
MUSEUM OF THE TENEMENT
Find out what life was like for immigrants in the overcrowded and
unhealthy tenements on the lower east side of New York City. Click on the "log
3/31 SPECIAL CLASS TO BE HELD IN COMPUTER CLASSROOM 205 BAYBORO - YOU WILL GET A HANDOUT IN PREPARATION FOR THIS CLASS, Ethnicity & Power - See film on Library Reserve "Do the Right Thing"
Handout Alejandro Portes and Min Zhou "Should Immigrants Assimilate?"
1) V - Intro.; VI - Waldron;
2) Complete book
FOR THE * CLASS REVIEW THE FOLLOWINGM ATERIALS:
1) OLIVE B. MCLIN COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT
A beginning multi-media resource on St. Petersburg's African
American communities. Get on the site, click on "enter"; click on "The
Library" and read: (a) A Panoramic Glimpse; (b) St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream.
2) RIOT, DISTURBANCES OR REBELLION
Documentation on the disturbances of 1996 in south St. Petersburg.
When you get to this site read: "past imperfect";
"flash point"; "October 24"; "Nov. 13"
3) BEFORE CENTRAL PARK: SENECA VILLAGE
Learn about this African-American, Irish and Native American
community which was displaced in the construction of New York's Central Park. How did this
compare to what happened to the Gas Plant area in St. Petersburg
4/7 SPECIAL CLASS - FORUM ON THE DUDLEY ST. NEIGHBORHOOD
INTITIATIVE - SHOWING OF VIDEO - "HOLDING GROUND"
FOR THE APRIL 8 CLASS WE WILL MEET IN COQ 232 - FOR THE FIRST PART
OF THE CLASS WE WILL VIEW THE FILM HOLDING GROUND ABOUT THE DUDLEY ST. NEIGHBORHOOD
INITIATIVE REVITALIZAITON PLAN. THE CLASS WILL BE JOINED BY A SMALL PANEL OF LOCAL
CITIZENS INVOLVED WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF ST. PETERSBURG TO REACT TO THE FILM.
BESIDES THE ASSIGNED READINGS FOR THE CLASS READ THE FOLLOWING WEB MATERIALS:
1) ARTICLE ABOUT THE DUDLEY STREET PROJECT http://www.thenation.com/issue/970303/0303wall.htm
ALSO, CHECK OUT THE MAIN WEB SITE OF THE DUDLEY ST. PROJECT AT:
2) From the "Library" section of the OLIVE B. MCLIN COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT www.nelson.usf.edu/mclin read the St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream (sections on African American) by Ray Arsenault
Assignments from books:
1) III - Gmelch, VI - Bestor: IV-Jankowia
Handout or web download: "A new generation of Urban
4/14 Urban Ethnicity -Film "Metropolitan avenue"
HANDOUT - ARTICLE BY VALENTINE AND VALENTINE
1) V - Intro.; V - BOURGOIS-BE PREPARED TO COMPARE THIS TO KEEFE ARTICLE IN SECTION IV
ETHNICITY PROJECTS DUE - take home final given out
4/21 Urban Ethnicity -
1) V - Lewis; Eames and Goode, V - Lynch
Film - Boston' South side
3) Complete Book
INTERESTING MATERIALS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT:
City and Society. The Journal of the Society for Urban Anthropology.
Cityscape. US Department of Housing and Urban Development Journal.
Urban Studies. Multidisciplinary Journal
Mike Agar. Ripping and Running: A Formal Ethnography of Urban Heroin Addicts.
Michael Buraway. 1991. Ethnography Unbound: Power and Resistance in the Modern Metropolis.
*Herbert Gans. 1962. The Urban Villagers.
Judith Goode and Jo Anne Schneider. Reshaping Ethnic and Racial Relations in Philadelphia
Ulf Hannerz. 1969. Soulside.
C. Harzig, 1997. Peasant Maids-City Women: From the European Countryside to Urban America.
*E., Krapf-Askari, Yoruba Towns and Cities.
*Oscar Lewis. Five Families; La Vida
*Elliot Liebow. 1967. Tally's Corner.
*Gary Mormino. The Immigrant World of Ybor City. 1998
Leith Mullings, ed. 1987. Cities of the United States.
*James Spradley. 1970. You Owe Yourself a Drunk.
*Carol Stack. 1975. All Our Kin.
*Maria Vesperi 1985. City of Green Benches. (about St. Petersburg)
Brett Williams. Upscaling Downtown.
Hoi Thanh Tin Lanh - Vietnamese Evangelical Church, 5000 10 st. north
541-6666 Muc su Truong Van Bon
545-3516Ong Tran Van Tam
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