For Tuesday, 10/23 (SOC 1102)

October 19, 2018

I won’t be in class on Tuesday; I’ll still be getting back from Austin, TX, by way of Denver, CO (I’ll be walking around both of them with an eye to the claim that we’re currently living in a ‘mid-sized city moment’!). So we’ll start a really great documentary on Tuesday, and finish it up and discuss on Thursday. Remember that if you volunteer to do a Pecha Kucha on one of the readings below, you won’t have to present until Thursday!

Prep

In Class

For Next Time

  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, cont’d
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‘The Pruitt-Igoe Myth’ (2011)

October 19, 2018

Post-Screening Discussion Questions

  • What beliefs do the filmmakers assume we (and the rest of their audience) hold? More specifically, what is the Pruitt-Igoe ‘myth’?
  • What beliefs would they lie us to hold after viewing their movie, do you think? In other words, what are they trying to persuade us to do, or trying to get us to understand?
  • What kinds of evidence do they employ?
  • The historian Joseph Heathcott (2012) tells us that NYC has retained ‘nearly all’ of its public stock of modernist high-rise housing blocks, and that such affordable-housing projects continue to function around the country. Can Pruitt-Igoe’s design therefore really be at fault, as some critics allege?

Writing Exercise

Based on the experiences of the residents of Pruitt-Igoe, would you say that it’s possible to find community in the modern city? In other words, if much of the scholarship on modern urban conditions has been divided according to whether community is Lost, Saved, or Liberate (community is now something you create, not something you’re born into), which view do you see as gaining the most support from what you’ve seen today?

Further Reading/Notes Toward a Future Canon

Bristol, Katharine. 1991. ‘The Pruitt-Igoe Myth’. Journal of Architectural Education 44(3):163-171. This article was apparently the basis for the film. Bristol argues that blame has been unfairly placed on ‘designers’, as opposed to the underlying ‘institutional or structural sources of housing problems’ (from her abstract, p. 163). So this is clearly a critique of ‘spatial determinism’, among other things.

 

REFERENCES

Heathcott, Joseph. 2012. ‘Pruitt-Igoe and the Critique of Public Housing’. Journal of Architectural Education 78(4):450-51.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth . 2011. Directed by Brad Freidrichs.

Wellman, Barry. 1979. ‘The Community Question: The Intimate Networks of East Yorkers’American Journal of Sociology 84(5):1201-31. Remember that this is where we learned about the Community Lost, Community Saved, and Community Liberated perspectives.

For Tuesday, 10/23 (SOC 227)

October 18, 2018

As I mentioned last time, the midterm will be due on the 30th of October, so make sure to start working on that from now. I’ll be posting more information shortly on the mechanics of submitting it.

This week, I’d like to go into reverse a little bit and revisit the Moynihan Report by taking a look at Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay on the report in terms of America’s ‘prison-industrial complex’ and its effects on black families.  As I mentioned last time, I’ll be arriving a bit late from the airport, but I’m going to try to arrange a screening of work by some filmmakers who concern themselves with another aspect of that complex — namely, the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’.

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I would ask you to prioritise the Coates essay linked below; we’ll combine our discussions of dating and mateselection as well as of love on 10/30.

Prep

In Class

  • Film:  For Ahkeem (Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest, 2017)
  • Q&A

For Next Time

  • TBA

For Thursday, 10/18 (SOC 1102)

October 17, 2018

Prep

This is a light reading load, and you should find both texts quite readable. Please make sure you’re prepared to discuss them.

In Class

  • Review: Midterm
  • ASA Style
  • Submitting via Google Docs
  • The Growth of the City
    • The City of Tomorrow
    • Yesterday’s Suburb
    • The Sprawl of Today

For Next Time

Charles Jencks, ‘The Death of Modern Architecture’ (1977)

October 17, 2018

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This is an excerpt from Jencks, The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (New York: Rizzoli, 1977). It’s slightly tangential to our  through-line discussion of suburbanization and sprawl, but connects a few interesting dots vis-à-vis inner-city ghettoization, racial segregation in St. Louis, Jane Jacobs, public housing, social engineering, and our old friend, spatial determinism. This excerpt is quite brief — just two pages — but there will likely be a number of concepts, cultural references, and vocabulary that are unfamiliar to you. Make a list of at least a few of these keywords/obscurities and try to gloss them; I’ll be calling on you at random.

For Saturday, 10/20 (SOC 1102 CN)

October 16, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Film: The PruittIgoe Myth (Brad Freidrichs, 2011)
  • Q&A + Writing ExerciseAs I mentioned last time, I will be out of town this weekend, unfortunately. But I’ve got a full slate planned for you guys; it has mostly to do with the movie, but it will give you a leg up on the midterm.

For Next Time

  • TBA

For Tuesday, 10/16 (SOC 1102)

October 11, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • HW: Class Participation Self-Evaluation Essay
  • Le Corbusier, ‘The City of Tomorrow’
  • Charles Jencks, ‘The Death of Modern Architecture’, in Jencks, The Language of PostModern Architecture (New York: Rizzoli, 1977)

For Tuesday, 10/23

For Tuesday, 10/16 (SOC 227)

October 10, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Midterm
  • Discussion Board Grading
  • Sex at Dawn
  • BREAK
  • Sex & Sexuality
  • Margaret Mead & the Google Memo
  • Looking Ahead
  • ASA Style
  • Google Docs

For Next Time

  • HW: Class Participation Self-Evaluation Essay
  • Hammond and Cheney (2016), ‘Dating and Mate Selection’
  • Film: Othello (Stuart Burge, 1965) [TENTATIVE]

For Thursday, 10/11 (SOC 1102)

October 10, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • Review of Gans, ‘The Redevelopment of the West End’: What were the most important takeaways?
  • Models of Urban Development
  • What Is This City a Case of? Prototypes, Stereotypes, and Archetypes
  • The Chicago School, cont’d
    • Models of Urban Development

For Next Time

  • TBA

For Saturday, 10/13 (SOC 1102 CN)

October 8, 2018

I hope that everyone who was testing last week did well, and I look forward to having you back. Those who attended class Saturday told me that they found the readings difficult and long. I’m only assigning one article this week, and I think you’ll find it more accessible; but know that we’ll gradually start ramping up again until we get to a normal academic load.

Prep

In Class

For Next Time

  • Richard Rothstein, ‘The Making of Ferguson’ (2014)