Various Sociology Themes

The final paper offers students the opportunity to explore in depth a theme tackled in class. Firstly, you should briefly, clearly, and cogently state the thesis of your paper. Your task is then to explain how differently readings treat this issue, to offer a critique of the readings, to present your evidence, to further demonstrate how this research evidence supports or challenges the findings in the literature surveyed in class, and finally, to draw your own conclusions. You must cite at least five authors whos books or articles were covered in class for your topic of choice. Please use the MLA or Chicago style guidelines for citations.

6 page double spaced sociology paper on a theme covered in class

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the theme i chose was how covid corrupted cities

some sources that can be used and citied
the sources that need to be cited are in the syllabus

Week 1 (Week of 8/31)
Introduction: Urban Bias, Social Reform, and The City
Andrew Lees, “Introduction” in Cities Perceived: Urban Society in European and American Thought (1985), pp. 1-13
Elizabeth Wilson, “Into the Labyrinth” in The Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women (1992), pp. 1-11 and “The Sphinx in the City Reconsidered,” in The Contradictions of Culture (2001), pp. 64-71
Hazel V. Carby, “Policing the Black Woman’s Body in an Urban Culture.” Critical Inquiry 18 (1992): pp. 738-55.
Film clip: The City (Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke 1939), Part 1 (please see the first 11 minutes)
Photographs: Jacobs Riis
Labor Day — 9/7
Week 2 (Week of 9/7)
City-State Relationships and City Power
Charles Tilly and Wim Pieter Blockmans, Cities and the Rise of States in Europe, A.D. 1000 to 1800 (1994), pp. 1-27
Charles Tilly, Coercion, Capital, and European States, AD 990–1992 (1992), pp. 45-54, 99-103
Gerald Frug and David Barron, City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation (2008), pp. 1-11, 31-52, 231-233
Richard Schragger, City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age (2016), pp. 135-163, 247-259
Week 3 (Week of 9/14)
Mapping the City: Class, Urban Space, and Just City
Peter Marcuse, “The Layered City,” in Peter Madsen and Richard Plunz, eds., The Urban Lifeworld: Formation, Perception and Representation (2002), pp. 94-114
Henri Lefebvre, “Right to the City,” in Writings on Cities (1996), pp. 147-159
Ira Katznelson, “Social Theory, Urban Movements, and Social Change” in City trenches : urban politics and the patterning of class in the United States (1981), pp. 193-215
David Harvey, “The Right to the City,” in Richard Scholar, ed. Divided Cities (2006), pp. 83-103
Susan Fainstein, The Just City (2010), pp. 87-112, 165-184
Week 4 (Week of 9/21)
Social Justice and the City
Mustafa Dikeç, “Justice and the Spatial Imagination” Environment and Planning A 2001, 33:10, 1785-1806
Julian Brash, Bloomberg’s New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City (University of Georgia Press, 2011) [selection]
City Commons, Public Space, and Right to the City
Sheila Foster and Christian Iaione, “The City as a Commons” Yale Law Policy Rev. 2016, 34, 281–349
David Harvey, Rebel Cities: From Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. Verso: London, 2013, pp. 67-88
Week 5 (Week of 9/28)
Don Mitchell, The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space (New York: Guilford Press, 2003) [selection]
Alexander J. Reichl, “Fear and Lusting in Las Vegas and New York: Sex, Political Economy, and Public Space” in John Eade and Christopher Mele, eds. Understanding the City (2002), pp. 363-378
Paul Willis, “Symbolic Creativity” in John Storey, ed., Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (1998), pp. 546-553
Film clip (please see the ending): 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon, 1933)
Film clip: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
Optional reading: Vojislava Filipcevic Cordes. Chapter 3, “Urban planning and the spaces of democracy” in New York in cinematic imagination : the agitated city (London and New York: Routledge, 2020) — section on 42nd Street

Week 6 (Week of 10/5)
City Sovereignty
Benjamin Barber, Cool Cities: Urban Sovereignty and the Fix for Global Warming (2017), pp. 1-12, 15-30, 55-62, 63-69
Diane Davis, “Conclusions: Theoretical and Empirical Reflections on Cities, Sovereignty, Identity, and Conflict” in Davis and de Duren, Cities & Sovereignty: Identity Politics in Urban Spaces (2011), pp. 226-252
Marc Purcell, “For democracy: Planning and publics without the state” Planning Theory 2016 15 4: 386-401
Robert Lake, “Bring back big government” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 2002 26: 815-822
Vojislava Filipcevic Cordes, “City Sovereignty: Urban Resistance and Rebel Cities Reconsidered” Urban Science (2017) Vol. 1, Iss. 3, No: 22, 2017, pp. 1-23.
Week 7 (Week of 10/12)
Sanctuary Cities
Harald Bauder, “Sanctuary Cities: Policies and Practices in International Perspective” International Migration, 2016
Jennifer Ridgley, “The City as Sanctuary in the United States” in Lippert and Rehaag, eds., Sanctuary Practices in International Perspectives: Migration, Citizenship, and Social Movements (2013), pp. 219-229
Randy Lippert and Sean Rehaag, “Introduction: Sanctuary across Countries, Institutions, and Disciplines” in Lippert and Rehaag, eds., Sanctuary Practices in International Perspectives: Migration, Citizenship, and Social Movements (2013), pp. 1-12
Jennifer Bagelman, Sanctuary City: A Suspended State (2016), pp. 2-8, 68-87, 95-101
Week 8 (Week of 10/19)
Agnes Czajka, “The Potential of Sanctuary: Acts of Sanctuary through the Lens of Camp” in Lippert and Rehaag, eds., Sanctuary Practices in International Perspectives: Migration, Citizenship, and Social Movements (2013), pp. 43-54
Please see the entire film: New Sanctuary (André Daughtry, 2017)
Midterm exam due 10/23
Week 9 (Week of 10/26)
Urban Transformations: Historical and Contemporary Sociological Perspectives I
Lewis Mumford, “What is A City” in Malcolm Miles and Tim Hall, eds., The City Cultures Reader (2004), pp. 28-32 and “The Acceptance of Depletion,” “The Acquisitiveness of a Sick Metropolis,” and “The Poison of Vicarious Vitality” in Cultures of the City ([1938], 1966, 1970), pp. 248-252, 259-261, 267-271
Georg Simmel, “Metropolis and Mental Life” (1903) in Malcolm Miles and Tim Hall, eds., The City Cultures Reader (2004), pp. 12-19
Please see the entire film: Manhatta (Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand, 1921)
Optional: If you can, please see the entire film: Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (Walter Ruttmann, 1927)
Film clip: The Crowd (King Vidor, 1928)
Film clip: The City (Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke 1939), Part 2
Note: we have seen the first 11 minutes of the film The City so you should skip that part
Optional reading: Vojislava Filipcevic Cordes, “The City in Motion” chapter in New York in cinematic imagination: the agitated city (London and New York: Routledge, 2020)

11/3 Presidential Election
Week 10 (Week of 11/2)
Mark Gottdiener, “The Chicago School” [selection from Chapter 2] in Social Production of Urban Space (1985), pp. 27-35
Louis Wirth, “Urbanism As a Way of Life,” in George Zmelch and Walter Zenner, eds., Urban Life: Readings in the Anthropology of the City (2002), pp. 65-81
Herbert J. Gans, ”Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life A Reevaluation of Definitions,” in Philip Kasinitz, ed. Metropolis: Center and Symbol of Our Times (1995), pp. 170-191
Metropolis in the 1940s
Film: Force of Evil (Abraham Polonsky, 1948)
Please see the entire film
Optional reading: Vojislava Filipcevic Cordes, “The Agitated City” chapter in in New York in cinematic imagination: the agitated city (London and New York: Routledge, 2020) — section on Side Streets and Skyline Views

Week 11 (Week of 11/9)
Films: “Jane Jacobs vs Robert Moses: Urban Fight of the Century” (Ric Burns)
Please watch the entire film up until and including the brief interview with Jane Jacobs
Film: Sidewalk (Mitch Duneier and Barry Alexander Brown, 2007)
Please watch the first two sections of the documentary (the second section will start immediately as the first section ends) up until the Village Halloween parade segment
Urban Transformations: Historical and Contemporary Sociological Perspectives II
Jane Jacobs, “The Uses of Sidewalks: contact,” in The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), pp. 55-73
Marshall Berman, “In the Forest of Symbols: Some Notes on Modernism in New York“ [selections from Chapter V in All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (1982)], in Philip Kasinitz, ed., Metropolis: Center and Symbol of Our Times (1995), pp. 130-159
Mitchell Duneier, “Introduction” and “The Book Vendor,” in Sidewalk (1999), pp. 3-14, 17-42

Week 12 (Week of 11/16)
Urban Poverty and Race
Enzo Mingione, “Urban Poverty in the Advanced Industrial World: Concepts, Analysis and Debates,” in Enzo Mingione, ed. Urban Poverty and the Underclass: A Reader (1996), pp. 3-23 [selection from the chapter]
William Julius Wilson, “Cycles of Deprivation and the Ghetto Underclass Debate,” in The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), pp. 3-19
Please see the entire film : Hunger (Workers Film and Photo League, 1932)
Please see the entire film: In the Street (James Agee, Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, 1948/1952)
Please see the video clips: The Message Grand Master Flash “The Message” * and Mos Def “Mathematics”
* try this link
Optional reading: Vojislava Filipcevic Cordes, “In the streets of Harlem” chapter in New York in cinematic imagination: the agitated city (London and New York: Routledge, 2020)
Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton, American Apartheid: segregation and the making of the underclass (1993) [selection]
Katherine S. Newman and Catherine Ellis, “There’s No Shame in My Game”: Status and Stigma Among Harlem’s Working Poor,” in Michèle Lamont, ed., The Cultural Territories of Race: Black and White Boundaries (1999), pp. 151-178
11/26-11/29 Thanksgiving Recess
Week 13 (Week of 11/30)
Urban Diversity and Global City
Iris Marion Young, “City Life and Difference,” in Justice and the Politics of Difference (1990), pp. 226-256
Susan S. Fainstein, “Cities and Diversity: Should We Want It? Can We Plan For It?” Urban Affairs Review (Vol. 41, 2005), pp. 3-19
Saskia Sassen, “The Global City Model: Organizing Hypothesis,” and “Overview” in The Global City: New York, London and Tokyo (2001), pp. xix-xxii, 3-15 and “A New Geography of Centers and Margins: Summary and Implications” in Cities in a world economy (2006)
Richard Sennett, “Cosmopolitanism and the Social Experience of Cities,” in Steven Vertovec and Robin Cohen, eds., Conceiving Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Context and Practice (2002), pp. 42-47
Sharon Zukin, “Whose Culture? Whose City?,” in The Cultures of Cities (1995), pp. 1-47
Maurice Crul, “Super-diversity vs. assimilation: how complex diversity in majority–minority cities challenges the assumptions of assimilation,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration
Studies (2016) 42:1, pp. 54-68
Please also watch the short documentary films: Global Cities: Governance (link embedded)
and Global Cities: Economic Development*
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Week 14 (Week of 12/7)
Floris Müller, “Urban Alchemy: Performing Urban Cosmopolitanism in London and Amsterdam” Urban Studies, December 2011; Vol. 48, 16: pp. 3415-3431.
Craig Young, Martina Diep, and Stephanie Drabble. “Living with Difference? The ‘Cosmopolitan City’ and Urban Reimaging in Manchester, UK,” Urban Studies, September 2006; vol. 43, 10: pp. 1687-1714.
Hilje van der Horst and André Ouwehand. “‘Multicultural Planning’ as a Contested Device in Urban Renewal and Housing: Reflections from the Netherlands” Urban Studies, March 2012; vol. 49, 4: pp. 861-875.
Ash Amin, “The Good City” Urban Studies, May 2006; vol. 43, 5-6: pp. 1009-1023.
See also short film clips: Code Unknown (Michael Haneke, 2000)
Second clip
[if you have the time, see the entire film entitled Code Unknown which is available via Amazon Prime Video for $3.99; this is optional) For more information on Various Sociology Themes see this:

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