Urban Sociology

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Sociology

Course Number: 
227
Institution: 
Amherst College

This course considers the sociological dimensions of urban life, treating the city as both a social formation with its own distinctive set of logics, institutions, and practices, as well as a spatial metaphor for the problems and conflicts of modern society more generally. The main areas of inquiry are (a) urbanization and the place of the city in the modernization process; (b) the sidewalk as a locus of racial and class relations, interactions, tensions, and cultural practices; (c) post-WWII transformations of urban space, with a focus on the processes of urban renewal, suburbanization, and “gentrification”; (d) the sources and structures of urban poverty, and their interpretation (and misinterpretation) in the ethnographic accounts of sociologists.

Limited to 20 students.  Spring semester.  Five College Professor Fantasia.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
SOCI-227-01-1213S

Course Sections

Urban Sociology
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Richard Fantasia

rfantasia@amherst.edu

T 02:30PM-04:50PM

MERR 315