A Companion to Urban Anthropology by Donald M. Nonini

By Donald M. Nonini

A spouse to city Anthropology provides a suite of unique essays from overseas students on key matters in city anthropology and broader cross-disciplinary city stories. * beneficial properties newly commissioned essays from 35 major foreign students in city and international reports * comprises essays in vintage components of outrage to city anthropologists resembling equipped buildings and concrete making plans, neighborhood, defense, markets, and race * Covers emergent parts within the box together with: 21st-century towns borders, citizenship, sustainability, and concrete sexualities, nature, extralegality, and resilience and sustainability.

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Mcdonogh that have shaped the formation and function of cities as ports of trade, sites of production, and markets of consumption for millennia. Cities viewed in these ways make these flows, as studied by economics and historians, meaningful in anthropological studies. People move in ways similar to goods, as volitions meet restraints and conflict among individuals and groups; in this essay I use an example from China to illustrate the complexities of transnational movements (see Chapter 17, “Transnationality”).

Network studies have become more elaborate and quantitative, but still provide an important methodological strategy and paradigm for urban anthropological researchers. Early studies of planned physical and social change in Latin American lowincome residential neighborhoods, as well as studies of the planning and design of new towns such as Ciudad Guayana (Peattie 1972) provided further ethnographic examples of local conflict over national and international planning goals. These studies identified foreign capital investment and the power/knowledge of the technologies of planning and architecture (Rabinow 1989) as antithetical to producing a humane environment for local populations and workers (see Chapter 5, “Built Structures and Planning”).

These roles echo Castells’ city of flows through the material substrate of King Cotton. From Texas, cotton flows to cities as nodes of production. Here, technologies that enhance raw materials have recreated industrial cities for centuries – especially as cottage industries gave way to factories for spinning, weaving, and assembling garments in the nineteenth century. Material flows also influence other features of urban life such as gender and age: generations of young women across England, New England, China, and Mexico have left rural farmsteads to constitute a new proletariat in industrial cities (see Chapter 10, “Gender”).

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