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Anthropology of the City - ANTH303

How might we think about the relationships between the built environment, culture, and individual or collective identity? What makes a city socialist, Islamic or modern? What impact do these varied forms of urban organisation and architecture have on the inhabitants that dwell in them? This unit introduces students to the anthropology of the city through focusing on the organisation of space and the politics of architectural forms and urban planning. It explores how space and its design are intimately connected to particular modernist projects such as nationalism, colonialism, socialism and apartheid. Students consider a variety of anthropological perspectives that seek to explain the amazing diversity and surprising similarity of urban cultures and their spatial forms, as well as ways that the built environment might both express and generate culture, power and individual or collective identities.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

2018 - Next offered in 2018

Staff Contact(s): Dr Jaap Timmer

(39cp at 100 level or above) or admission to GDipArts Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): ANTH373
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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Anthropology

Faculty of Arts

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