February 22, 2017

A Companion to Urban Anthropology by Donald M. Nonini

By Donald M. Nonini

A better half to city Anthropology offers a suite of unique essays from overseas students on key concerns in city anthropology and broader cross-disciplinary city studies.

  • Features newly commissioned essays from 35 major overseas students in city and worldwide studies
  • Includes essays in vintage components of outrage to city anthropologists similar to equipped buildings and concrete making plans, group, protection, markets, and race
  • Covers emergent parts  within the box together with: 21st-century towns borders, citizenship, sustainability, and concrete sexualities

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Susser, I. (1982) Norman Street. New York: Oxford University Press. Tucker, E. ” City and Society Annual Review, pp. 223–244. R. (1982) Europe and the People Without History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. CHAPTER 2 Flows Gary W. McDonogh Flows mean movement. The word’s earliest English-language characterization refers to streaming water, an image that still underpins its expansive conceptual uses in sciences, humanities, and social sciences. As such, “flow” constitutes a fundamental generative metaphor that speaks to contemporary urban anthropological concerns with human mobility, exchanges of information, capital and goods, and systematic circulation within cities as well as the connections among cities.

Ferzacca (2001: 119) has shown how health in Javanese folk medicine can be facilitated by “the smooth flow (lancer) of fluids, airs and winds – the currents (aliran) of life”. This concept, too, resonates with a Javanese “negotiation of the social life: a world of potential entanglements and obstructions to flows 31 the smooth flow of existence” (Ferzacca 2001: 121). As noted above, a key metaphor in Western languages and its cognates elsewhere reflect traditions and paradigms that should not be taken as neutral in global ethnography.

An urban ethnography offers an intimate glimpse of city life through the eyes of its residents as seen and understood by the anthropologist. It differs from other methodologies because of its emphasis on what has been called “thick description” and narrative explanation of the rich details of everyday social life. Yet the death of urban anthropology occurred because of a widespread disenchantment with some aspects of small-scale urban ethnography and the anthropology in the city model. The critique was based on the inability of traditional ethnographic methods to conceptualize the city as a whole – as a system of symbols, process, networks, or relationships – that was necessary to understand rapid transformations in the global economy and urban landscape.

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