This is the blog for the course, urban sociology (LSOC 2850) at Eugene Lang (spring 2013). You can find course readings, assignments and other updates here.
Course Description. This course examines core texts from the discipline of urban sociology in combination with work from other fields. We will explore theoretical texts, literature, film, performance and visual art as ongoing dialogue that attempts to understand and represent cities as sites rich with potential and exuberance while also rife with inequalities and struggle. Cities will be understood as densities of diverse stories, desires, and experiences and we will consider how urban social formations mark, situate, and inscribe particular actors in disparate ways. Topics covered in the course include the urban imagination, the design and production of space, and key theoretical paradigms that have shaped our understanding of cities. As the course proceeds we will look at the effectiveness of urban sociology as a form of inquiry that might help us negotiate our current conditions and predicaments.