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Urban Anthropology - JSM027
Title: Urban Anthropology
Czech title: Urbánní antropologie
Guaranteed by: Department of Sociology (23-KS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 25 / unknown (25)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English, Czech, English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Annotation -
The course aims to acquaint students with: how the city is defined and what is called urbanization. How does the image of the urban man and the city change?
Last update: Uherek Zdeněk, doc. PhDr., CSc. (14.09.2021)
Course completion requirements -

Conditions for completing the course:
1. participation in lessons
2. activity in discussions on this topic
3. passing the course: oral exam in the exam terms or a presentation in teaching hours


100 - 91: A (excellent, excellent performance with small errors)
81-90: B (very good, above-average performance, but with some bugs)
71 - 80: C (good, overall good performance with some significant errors)
61-70: D (satisfactory, acceptable performance, but with significant shortcomings)
51-60: E (sufficient, performance meets minimum requirements)
50 - 0: F (did not meet the requirements for the course)

Last update: Uherek Zdeněk, doc. PhDr., CSc. (04.12.2023)
Literature -


Hannerz Ulf, Exploring the City. Columbia University Press 1980.

Park Robert Ezra, The City. Suggestions for the Investigation of Human Behavior in the Urban Environment. New York 1916.

Sassen Saskia: The Global City: Introducing a concept. The Brown Journal of World Affairs XI, 2005, 2.



Bausinger, Hermann: Grundzüge der Volkskunde. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1978.

Brunt, Lodewijk. Coping with Urban Danger. In: Uherek, Z. (ed.) City in Supranational and Regional Networks. Praha, Institute of Ethnology 1992.

Douglas Mary, How Institutions Think. Syracuse University Press 1986.

Ek, Sven B. Nöden i Lund. Lund: Liber vörlag 1982.

Epstein, A. L. Scenes from African Urban Life: Collected Copperbelt Papers. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press 1992.

Garreau Joel: Edge City: Life on the frontiers. New York, Doubleday 1991.

Hannerz U.: Global Ecumene as a Network of Network. In: Conceptualizing society / edited by Adam Kuper. London, New York: Routledge 1992.

Redfield, R. The Primitive World and Its Transformations. Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University Press 1953.

Uherek Zdeněk: L'ethnologie urbaine en pays tchćques. Genèses.  Sciences sociales et histoire. Septembre 1997: 111 -  127.

Last update: Uherek Zdeněk, doc. PhDr., CSc. (14.09.2021)
Syllabus -

Lectures face to face.

1. How to learn the city; Definition of the city and urban settlement       

2. Chicago School and Theory of Social Ecology.

3. Manchester School and Research in African Urban Environment - British Colonial City, Concepts of Detribalization, Disqualification, Modernity, Social Network Research, Situational Analysis.

4. Globalization and global culture and the use of social networking theory to describe global culture. 

5. Erving Goffman and his concept of total institution.

6. Mary Douglas, How the Institution Thinks.

7. German approaches to the city, urban culture and nationalism, the concept of community and society, urban society as a tribal community metaphor, Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, Baussinger's "third way", anthropology and mass media, German contemporaries.

8. Urban research in Central and Eastern Europe: cultural and historical probes into the urban environment, urban sociology of the interwar period, urban and working class research, Sallner ethnology of the city.

9.  Kevin Lynch and his The Image of the City. 

10.  Amsterdam urban anthropology, concept of city danger and exploration of mental maps ..

11. As explored postmodern city - morphology and consciousness, redefinition center of peripheral relations, research of edge cities, suburban fringe zones, exurban areas and recombinat cities.

12. The global city.


Last update: Uherek Zdeněk, doc. PhDr., CSc. (19.09.2022)
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