Provisional class schedule:
8/29 – Course Overview & Introduction
9/5 – Communities, Social Norms, and Boundaries
Website: www.pathworknation.org Enter your home zip code to find your “community type,” and assess the results. Is the description accurate?
9/12 – The Making and Remaking of New York after WWII: Economic Transformation, Public Policy and Social Stratification
In-class (video): “New York: A Documentary Film,” Episode 7: “The City and the World” (1946-2003)
9/19 – Crisis: New York City in the 70s and 80s
Alex S. Vitale, City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics (NYU Press, 2009). Introduction.
9/26 – Style Wars
Alex S. Vitale,City of Disorder, Ch. 2: Conceptualizing the Paradigm Shift.
In-class (video): “Style Wars” (Silvers & Chalfant, 1983)
10/3 – The Quality of Life Paradigm
Alex S. Vitale, City of Disorder, Ch. 2: Defining the Quality-of-Life Paradigm, Ch. 3: Defining Urban Liberalism.
10/10 – The Transformation of Policing in New York City
Alex S. Vitale, City of Disorder, Ch. 6: The Transformation of Policing
10/17 – City of Disorder / Midterm Review (+ Workshop)
10/24 – Field Trip: Five Pointz, Long Island City
Alex S. Vitale, City of Disorder, Ch. 5, Ch. 7, and Conclusion.
10/31 – No Class Scheduled
11/7 – Symbolic Interaction on the Street
Erving Goffman, “Stigma and Social Identity,” pp. 1-19, “Information Control and Personal Identity,” pp.42-62, and “The Self and its Other,” pp. 126-139; From Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity (Simon & Schuster, 1963).
11/14 Public space in Post-9/11 NYC
Gregory Smithsimon “‘A Stiff Clarifying Test is In Order’: Occupy and Negotiating Rights in Public Space,” In L.J. Brown and R. Shiffman, Eds., Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (2012).
Alex S. Vitale, City of Disorder, Ch. 5, Ch. 7, and Conclusion
Recommended (podcast): Alex Vitale on police and protest in New York City, “Behind the News with Doug Henwood,” KPFA, October 28, 2011 (Scroll down by date. Interview starts at 6:00, 27 mins). Doug Henwood, “Shaking a fist at the NYPD,” LBO News, September 30, 2011.
11/21 – Race and Real Estate: Gentrification and the Housing Crisis
In-class (video): “The House We Live In,” Episode 3 of “Race: The Power of an Illusion”
Betty Reid Mandell, “Homeless Shelters: A Feeble Response to Homelessness,” New Politics (2007).
Recommended: Neighborhood Economic Development & Advocacy Project (NEDAP) et al., “Paying More for the American Dream VI: Racial Disparities in FHA/VA Lending” (2012) and “Mortgage Lending and Foreclosures in Immigrant Communities” (2010).
11/28 – Guest speaker, Kesha Young, NYC Neighborhood Story Project Director/Editor, New York Writers Coalition
The NYC Neighborhood Story Project, From Kingsbridge to Carnarsie: Reflections by 8 NYC Girls, (NY Writers Coalition Press, 2008).