Globalization and the City

This seminar examines how global processes have affected world cities and their populations in the post-World War II period. The readings and discussions focus on citizenship, democracy, global political economy, public space, neoliberalism, urban representation, spatial fortification, as well as race and class. The cities explored include Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, and São Paulo.

Eric Avila, Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2004).

Arlene Dávila, Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and the Neoliberal City (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004).

David William Foster, Mexico City in Contemporary Mexican Cinema (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002).

Matthew Gutmann, The Romance of Democracy: Compliant Defiance in Contemporary Mexico (Berkeley: University of California Press 2002).

Bernard E. Harcourt, Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken Windows Policing (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001).

R. J. Johnston and J. D. Sidaway, Geography & Geographers: Anglo-American Human Geography since 1945 (London: Arnold Publishers, 2004).

Martin J. Murray, Taming the Disorderly City: The Spatial Landscape of Johannesburg after Apartheid (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008).

Robert Neuwirth, Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New Urban World (New York: Routledge, 2005).

Peter Newman and Andy Thornley, Planning World Cities (New York: MacMillan-Palgrave, 2005).

Susana Rotker, ed., Citizens of Fear: Urban Violence in Latin America (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2002).

Richard Tomlinson, Robert Beauregard, Lindsay Bremmer, and Xolela Mangcu, Emerging Johannesburg: Perspectives on the Postapartheid City (New York: Routledge, 2003).

Neoliberalism in History and Theory

This research seminar examines the political economy of international relations since the 1960s with an emphasis on neoliberalism. The course provides an overview of the following topics:
(1) The challenges that nation states have been facing as a result of globalization, neoliberalism, and trade blocs.
(2) The relationship of democracy, neoliberalism, and civil society.
(3) Policies that involve border control in an era of growing migrations.
(4) The emerging racial orders that neoliberal policies and globalization have created.

Amy Chua, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (New York: Anchor Books, 2004).

James Ferguson, Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006).

Robert Gilpin, Global Political Economy: Understanding the Political Economic Order (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).

Alejandro Grimson and Gabriel Kessler, On Argentina and the Southern Cone (New York: Routledge, 2005).

Jason Hackworth, The Neoliberal City: Governance, Ideology, and Development in American Urbanism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006).

David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Marcus Taylor, From Pinochet to the 'Third Way': Neoliberalism and Social Transformation in Chile (London: Pluto Press, 2006).

World Cities since 1945

This course examines the history of a number of world cities in the Americas, Africa, and Europe with an emphasis on the challenges that their populations have been facing since 1945.  Topics examined include inequality, race and ethnicity, immigration, formal and informal entrepreneurship, industrialization and deindustrialization, urban culture, gentrification, crime, globalization, and historic preservation.

Enrique Desmond Arias, Drugs and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro: Trafficking, Social Networks, and Public Security (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006).

Teresa P. R. Caldeira, City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001).

Néstor Garcia Canclini, Consumers and Citizens: Globalization and Multicultural Conflicts (Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 2001).

Brodwyn Fischer, A Poverty of Rights: Citizenship and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008).

Samba Gadjigo, Ousmane Sembène: The Making of a Militant Artist (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010).

Obika Gray, Demeaned but Empowered: The Social Power of the Urban Poor in Jamaica (Kingston: The University of the West Indies Press, 2004).

Phaswane Mpe, Welcome to Our Hillbrow (University of Natal Press, 2001). 

Laura Podalsky, Specular City: Transforming Culture, Consumption, and Space in Buenos Aires, 1955-1973 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004).

Roberto Saviano, Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples’ Organized Crime System, trans. Virginia Jewiss (New York: Picador, 2008).

Eric C. Schneider, Smack: Heroin and the American City (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).

American Cities since 1945

This course explores the dynamics of race and class in American cities during the post-world War II period. The readings and discussions focus on suburbanization, the decline of central cities, conflict over the use and definition of urban space, and the globalization of urban processes. Most of the works read represent the latest approaches to the study of cities.

Joe Austin, Taking the Train: How Graffiti Art Became an Urban Crisis in New York City (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002).

Lou Cannon, Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD (New York: Times Books, 1997).

Robert Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (New York: Random House, 1974).

Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (New York: Verso, 1990).

Kenneth T. Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985).

Setha Low, Behind the Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America (New York: Routledge, 2003).

Carlo Rotella, October Cities: The Redevelopment of Urban Literature (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

Thomas J. Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996).

Monique M. Taylor, Harlem: Between Heaven and Hell (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002).

Jon Teaford, The Rough Road to Renaissance: Urban Revitalization in America, 1940-1985 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990).

J. Phillip Thompson, III, Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Call for Deep Democracy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh, American Project: The Rise and Fall of A Modern Ghetto (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000).

Camilo José Vergara, The New American Ghetto (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999).