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Critical Urban Sociology - JSB421
Anglický název: Critical Urban Sociology
Zajišťuje: Katedra sociologie (23-KS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:ústní
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: zrušen
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Mgr. Václav Orcígr
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Václav Orcígr (25.08.2020)
Contemporary cities are the key arenas of the global streams of capital, people and information. It is predicted, that by 2030, about 70 % of world population is going to live in cities. They have become the places of almost all important processes tied to global neoliberalism; therefore, the structure of cities is changing and is becoming more and more adopted to the requirements of 21st century capitalism. Processes like gentrification, mass touristification, commercialization, financialization and commodification of housing are now typical for cities around the world. Therefore also the sociological examination of urban areas needs a shift towards a global and critical perspective on one hand, and closer focus on the relationship between social actors and space and their mutual influencing on the other.

The course is mainly focused on so called New Urban Sociology, a stream of urban studies organized around an integrated paradigm, the sociospatial perspective. It comes from the original roots of urban sociology, but gives stronger accent on more radical perspective. It examines the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, and culture in the context of the development of metropolitan areas, and integrates social, ecological and political-economical perspectives and research. The course follows its unique perspective, through which it maps concise history of urban life, introduces a clear summary of urban social theory, and gives attention to the impact of culture on urban development. Special focus of the course will be given on the possibilities of radical urban theory in the post-socialist context, and except classical seminar lectures, the course brings special interactivities through excoursions, movie screening and a guest lecture.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Václav Orcígr (25.08.2020)

The goals of the course are as following:

-To provide an overview of selected sociological approaches to the city

-To show inter-relations in the sociological examination of the city

-To develop the ability of critical scientific grasp of the urban and get knowledge of the key koncepts
 
-To focus on the socio-spatial perspective and be able to perceive the interconnection between the physical and social space
 
-To understand current processes tied to global capitalism and its urban manifestations
 
-To create an environment for critical discussion on current urban topics
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Václav Orcígr (25.08.2020)

To finish the course successfully it is required:

to be present on the seminars and excourses (maximum 2 absences allowed)

to write a seminar essay on selected topic (5 – 8 standard pages)

  - specific problems observed in the city; theoretical essay; use of minimum 3 texts discussed in the course (+ minimum 5 sources in general)

  - necessary to announce and consult the essay topic by 15th December

to pass a short test on the discussed topics and mandatory readings

  - ca 20 minutes, open questions; 1st term on the last lesson

Voluntarily it is possible to prepare short presentations on the seminars (serves as an equivalent of the seminar essay)

  - 10 – 15 minutes on the mandatory/recommended prescribed readings (NOT on Gottdiener) -> summary of the text + ideas for its use in current urban life

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Václav Orcígr (25.08.2020)

Mandatory literature:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994). Selected parts & chapters

Lefebvre, Henri. The Right to the City. In: Writings on Cities, edited by E. Kofman and E. Lebas. 147 – 159. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

 

Recommended literature:

Ferenčuhová, Slavomíra. Sociologie města 20. a 21. století. Praha: SLON. 2013.

Harvey, David. Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. New York, London: Verso. 2012.

Madden, David; Marcuse, Peter. In Defense of Housing. London: Verso. 2016.

Lefebvre, Henri. Production of Space. Oxford: Blackwell. 1991.

Pixová, Michaela. Contested Czech Cities: From Urban Grassroots to Pro-democratic Populism. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020.

Stein, Samuel. Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. London: Verso. 2019.

Horak, Martin. Governing the Post-Communist City. Institutions and Democratic Development in Prague. Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press. 2007.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Václav Orcígr (25.08.2020)

Contemporary cities are the key arenas of the global streams of capital, people and information. It is predicted, that by 2030, about 70 % of world population is going to live in cities. They have become the places of almost all important processes tied to global neoliberalism; therefore, the structure of cities is changing and is becoming more and more adopted to the requirements of 21st century capitalism. Processes like gentrification, mass touristification, commercialization, financialization and commodification of housing are now typical for cities around the world. Therefore also the sociological examination of urban areas needs a shift towards a global and critical perspective on one hand, and closer focus on the relationship between social actors and space and their mutual influencing on the other.

The course is mainly focused on so called New Urban Sociology, a stream of urban studies organized around an integrated paradigm, the sociospatial perspective. It comes from the original roots of urban sociology, but gives stronger accent on more radical perspective. It examines the role played by social factors such as race, class, gender, lifestyle, economics, and culture in the context of the development of metropolitan areas, and integrates social, ecological and political-economical perspectives and research. The course follows its unique perspective, through which it maps concise history of urban life, introduces a clear summary of urban social theory, and gives attention to the impact of culture on urban development. Special focus of the course will be given on the possibilities of radical urban theory in the post-socialist context, and except classical seminar lectures, the course brings special interactivities through excoursions, movie screening and a guest lecture.

Students are required to be present on the seminars and excourses (maximum 2 absences allowed), to write a seminar essay on selected topic (5 – 7 standard pages) and to pass a short test on the discussed topics and mandatory texts. Voluntarily it is possible to prepare short presentations on the seminars (serves as an equivalent of the seminar essay).

 

Mandatory literature:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994). Selected parts & chapters

Lefebvre, Henri. The Right to the City. In: Writings on Cities, edited by E. Kofman and E. Lebas. 147 – 159. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

 

Recommended literature:

Ferenčuhová, Slavomíra. Sociologie města 20. a 21. století. Praha: SLON. 2013.

Harvey, David. Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. New York, London: Verso. 2012.

Madden, David; Marcuse, Peter. In Defense of Housing. London: Verso. 2016.

Lefebvre, Henri. Production of Space. Oxford: Blackwell. 1991.

Pixová, Michaela. Contested Czech Cities: From Urban Grassroots to Pro-democratic Populism. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020.

Stein, Samuel. Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. London: Verso. 2019.

Horak, Martin. Governing the Post-Communist City. Institutions and Democratic Development in Prague. Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press. 2007.

 

1) Introduction

- Approach of the New Urban Sociology: urban regions, metropolitan regions, global capitalism and the city

Mandatory reading:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994), pp. 1 – 28.

Recommended literature:

Stein, Samuel. „The Rise of the Real Estate State“ in Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. London: Verso. 2019, pp. 13 – 40.

Harvey, David. „Neoliberalism and the City“ in Studies of Social Justice 1, 1. 2007.2–13.

Ferenčuhová, Slavomíra. Sociologie města 20. a 21. století. Praha: SLON. 2013, pp. 128 – 141.

 

 

2) The Origins of Urban Life and Urban Sociology

- The history of urbanization: first urban civilizations, classical & medieval cities, capitalism & industrial city

- The birth and origins of urban sociology: Georg Simmel, Louis Wirth; the Chicago school: Robert Ezra Park, Ernest Burgess and others, the concentric model of a city

Mandatory reading:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994), pp. 41 – 68.

Recommended literature:

With, Louis. „Urbanism as a Way of Life“ in The American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 44, No. 1. 1938, pp, 1 – 24.

Park, Robert Ezra (ed.). The City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1925, pp. 1 – 47 & introducion.

Ferenčuhová, Slavomíra. Sociologie města 20. a 21. století. Praha: SLON. 2013, pp. 65 – 108.

Musil, Jiří. „Co je urbanizace“ in Horská, Pavla; Maur, Eduard; Musil, Jiří. Zrod velkoměsta: Urbanizace českých zemí a Evropa. Praha, Litomyšl: Paseka. 2002, pp. 6 – 53.

 

3) Contemporary Urban Sociology and Conflictual Perspectives

- Classical approaches of political economy to the city: Karl Marx, Max Weber, Friedrich Engels

- The birth of radical urban theory: Henri Lefebvre, early marxist approaches to urban sociology

- The sociospatial perspective, the production of space

 

Mandatory reading:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994), pp. 70 – 90.

Lefebvre, Henri. The Right to the City. In: Writings on Cities, edited by E. Kofman and E. Lebas. 147 – 159. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Recommended literature:

Harvey, David. „Labor, Capital , and Class Struggle around the Built Environment“ in Politics and Society 6. 1976, pp. 265 – 295.

Harvey, David. „Preface: Henri Lefebvre´s Vision“ in Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. New York, London: Verso. 2012, pp. ix – xviii.

Lefebvre, Henri. „Preface to the new Edition: The Production of Space“ in Elden, Stuart, Lebas, Elizabeth, Kofman, Eleonore. Henri Lefebvre: Key writings. London, New York: Bloomsbury. 2003, pp. 232 – 240.

Logan, John R.; Molotch, Harvey L. „The City as a Growth Machine“ in Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 1987, pp. 50 – 98.

 

4) Suburbanization, globalization, post-socialist urbanization and how can we use New Urban Sociology in Prague?

- Structure and agency in the history of suburbanization, real estate market, deindustrialization and globalization, deconcentration

 

Mandatory reading:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994), pp. 118 – 138 & 169 – 173.

 

Recommended literature:

Sassen, Saskia. „The Global City: introducing a Concept“ in Brown Journal of World Affairs Vol. XI, issue 2. 2005. 27 – 43.

Horak, Martin. Governing the Post-Communist City. Institutions and Democratic Development in Prague. Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press. 2007.

Sýkora, Luděk. „Local Urban Restructuring as a Mirror of Globalisation Processes: Prague in the 1990s“ in Urban Studies 31 (7). 1994, pp.1149 – 1166.

 

5) Excursion: Urban NGOs: a visit to the organizations AutoMat (sustainable traffic) and Klub Za starou Prahu (heritage protection) / A visit of active neighbourhood communities in Prague

 

6) Urban Social Problems: Racism, Poverty, Affordable Housing, Crime and Public Health and Actualization for Central Europe (focus on housing crisis)

- The sociospatial approach to social problems; residential segregation, poverty and deconcentration, housing crisis & affordable housing, residential alienation & struggles

 

Mandatory reading:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994), pp. 226 – 240.

Recommended literature:

Madden, David; Marcuse, Peter. In Defense of Housing. London: Verso. 2016. pp. 1 – 14, 53 – 118, 191 – 218.

Orcígr, Václav. „Na obranu bydlení: pohled anglo-americké radikální geografie na bytovou krizi a jeho využití v Česku“ in Geografie 125/2. 2020.

Soaita, Adriana Mihaela. „The Diverse Economies of Housing“ in Critical Housing Analysis Vol. 6, issue 1. 2019, pp. 32 – 41.

 

7) Guest lecture: tbc

 

8) Urban planning, gentrification and heritage protection

- the role of planners, classical planning schemes, contemporary role of experts in the post-socialist planning, public participation, genrification and urban revitalization

Mandatory reading:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994), pp. 289 – 314 & 315 – 342.

Recommended literature:

Stein, Samuel. „Planning Gentrification“ in Capital City. London: Verso. 2019, pp. 41 – 78.

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Random House. 1961, pp. 3 – 28 & 112 – 142.

 

9) Excursion: A visit of inter-active exhibiton of new urban projects in CAMP (Center for architecture and planning) / A visit of the city magistrate and meeting of the deputies

 

10) Urban Communities and Spatial Location

- typologies of urban communities and subcultures: neighborhood life, class differentiation and spatial location; women, gender and space, LGBTQ+ communities

Mandatory reading:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994), pp. 252 – 270 & 278 – 287

Recommended literature:

Harvey, David. „The Creation of the Urban Commons“ in Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. New York, London: Verso. 2012, pp. 67 – 88.

Bell, Colin; Newby, Howard. „Theories of Community“ in Community Studies: An Introduction to the Sociology of the Local Community. New York: Praeger. 1972, pp. 21 – 53.

Hunter, Albert. „Contemporary Conceptions of Community“ in Cnaan, Ram A.; Milofsky, Carl (eds.): Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations. Boston, MA: Springer. 2008, pp. 20 – 33.

Salamon, Sonya. „Describing the Community in Thorough Detail“ in Cnaan, Ram A.; Milofsky, Carl (eds.): Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations. Boston, MA: Springer. 2008, pp. 146 – 162.

Kmeny. Praha: BigBoss. 2011.

 

11) Urban Social Movements & NGOs

- typologies of urban social movements and current urban conflicts, housing and environmental dimensions of urban development, various typologies of „justice“ conception (housing, environmental, spatial)

Mandatory reading:

Gottdiener, Mark; Hohle, Randolph; King, Colby: The New Urban Sociology. New York: Routledge. 2019 (1994), pp. 379 – 406.

Recommended literature:

Pixová, Michaela. „Urban Grassroots Movements in Post-socialist Czechia: Spatial, Social, Cultural, and Political Context“ in Contested Czech Cities: From Urban Grassroots to Pro-democratic Populism. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020, pp. 1 – 55.

Harvey, David. „The Right to the City“ in New Left Review 53. 2008, pp.23 – 40.

Soja, Edward. “The City and Spatial Justice”[«La ville et la justice spatiale», traduction : Sophie Didier, Frédéric Dufaux], justicespatiale |spatialjustice | n° 01 septembre | september 2009

 

12) Movie screening: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016, 92 min.) / Push (2019, 92 min.) http://www.pushthefilm.com/about/

Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Václav Orcígr (25.08.2020)

The students are expected to have basic knowledge of classical sociological theories and approaches (Marx, Weber, Simmel, basic approaches of the 20th Century), therefore it is recommended for advanced Bc. students (NOT recommended for 1st grade students)

 
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