Cities and Citizenship
General Catalog Course Title:
Special Topics in Anthropology
Terms Offered:
Fall 2015
Fall 2013
Spring 2009

This course considers the importance of cities in the making of contemporary citizenship. It begins by examining citizenship as a national construction of social and political association. It then emphasizes a number of city-based problems that have led citizens to subvert old paradigms and create new agendas of citizenship. These problems include the widespread violation of human rights and rule of law in emerging electoral democracies, the increasing importance of cultural differences in the calculations of rights, and the significance of im/migration and globalization in reshaping national citizenship and state sovereignty. In each case, the course investigates the significance of the extraordinary global urbanization of the last fifty years. For most of the modern era, the nation and not the city has been the principal domain of citizenship. Indeed, the triumph of the nation-state over the city in defining this domain was fundamental to the project of modern nation building itself. Nevertheless, course readings and lectures show that contemporary urbanization has turned cities worldwide into sites of an unprecedented unsettling and reformulation of national citizenship, as new social forms and forces generate city-specific struggles over sources of rights, definitions of equality, principles of allegiance, locations of sovereign power, kinds of citizens, types of (il)legalities, and forms of collective violence. Course Themes 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Cities and Citizens A. Nations, States, and Citizenship 2.1 Classical Paradigms of Citizenship

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