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Introducing Urban Anthropology

ISBN 9780415744812
Published November 10, 2015 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides an up-to-date introduction to the important and growing field of urban anthropology. This is an increasingly critical area of study, as more than half of the world's population now lives in cities and anthropological research is increasingly done in an urban context. Exploring contemporary anthropological approaches to the urban, the authors consider:

  • How can we define urban anthropology?
  • What are the main themes of twenty-first century urban anthropological research?
  • What are the possible future directions in the field?

The chapters cover topics such as urban mobilities, place-making and public space, production and consumption, politics and governance. These are illustrated by lively case studies drawn from a diverse range of urban settings in the global North and South. Accessible yet theoretically incisive, Introducing Urban Anthropology will be a valuable resource for anthropology students as well as of interest to those working in urban studies and related disciplines such as sociology and geography.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Urban Places
3 Urban Mobilities
4 Social Life in Public Space
5 Urban Economies
6 Consumption, Leisure and Lifestyles
7 Cities and Globalization
8 Planning the City
9 Cities, Citizenship and Politics
10 Violence, Security and Social Control
11 Conclusion: The Futures of Urban Anthropology



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Rivke Jaffe is Associate Professor in the Centre for Urban Studies and the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Anouk De Koning is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.