Archive for September, 2014

For Thursday, 10/2 (URBS)

September 30, 2014
  1. Booth, Colomb & Williams, ‘From Problems to Sources’ (Ch. 5 of The Craft of Research)
  2. Booth et al., ‘Engaging Sources’ (Ch. 6 of The Craft of Research)
  3. Peter Preston and Paul Simpson-Housley, ‘Writing the City’ (Bridge & Watson 2010; PK: Brandon Negron)



We’re a bit behind; here’s how we’ll catch up:


  1. Research Brief #1 due date
  2. Leonard Nevarez, ‘How Joy Division Came to Sound Like Manchester: Myth and Ways of Listening in the Neoliberal City’, Journal of Popular Music Studies Vol. 25, No. 1 (March 2013), pp. 56-76


  1. Research Brief #1 dead date
  2. Film: 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, 2002)

TUESDAY, 10/14

  1. Film: 24 Hour Party People, cont’d (PK: Giselle Cruz?)
  2. Richard Florida, ‘Cities and the Creative Class’, City & Community 2:1 (March 2003; PK: Oshkany Azize)*
  3. Saskia Sassen, ‘The Global City: Introducing a Concept’ (Bridge & Watson 2010: PK: Jamel Georgen)


  1. Ingo Bader and Albert Scharenberg, ‘The Sound of Berlin: Subculture and the Global Music Industry’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 34, No. 1 (March 2010), pp. 76-91 (PK: Jorge Abreu)
  2. Audio: ‘A Brief History of Techno’

For Thursday, 10/2 (METH)

September 30, 2014

Thursday we’ll continue to play catch-up. We might not be able to get to Orwell’s classic essay on ‘Politics and the English Language’ as scheduled, but you should make sure to read it on your own (you owe it to yourself).

  1. Pop Quiz on Ruane, ‘Designing Ideas: Research Strategies’ (Ch. 7)
  2. Discussion of Ruane, ‘Designing Ideas’
  3. Booth et al., ‘From Problems to Sources’ (Ch. 5)
  4. Booth et al., ‘Engaging Sources’ (Ch. 6)

From Problems to Sources in the Study of the City

September 29, 2014

As I’ve mentioned before, three very good academic journals to begin your search for sources are City & CommunityInternational Journal for Urban & Regional Research, and Urban Affairs. Some other good databases (there are direct links on the library website) to start with would be Sociological Abstracts and Google Scholar.

These are all sources you should have been exploring already while working on your research briefs, so hopefully this is just telling you what you already know. If you’re having trouble finding good sources, review Chs. 5-6 of The Craft of Research. If you need further assistance, please ask a librarian–that’s what they’re there for! Finally, of course, you can always contact me (but remember to use my gmail address).

For Tuesday, 9/30 (URBS)

September 18, 2014
  1. Peter Gordon and Harry W. Richardson, ‘Defending Suburban Sprawl’, The Public Interest (2000)* (Slight Return)
  2. Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Very Brief Introduction to the Chicago School of Urban Sociology
  3. Booth, Colomb & Williams, ‘From Problems to Sources’ (Ch. 5 of The Craft of Research)
  4. Booth et al., ‘Engaging Sources’ (Ch. 6 of The Craft of Research)

For Tuesday, 9/30 (METH)

September 18, 2014

No class next week; plenty of time to catch up on your reading!

  1. Review of Midterm Guidelines
  2. Booth et al., ‘From Questions to a Problem’ (Ch. 4)
  3. Booth et al., ‘From Problems to Sources’ (Ch. 5)
  4. Booth et al., ‘Engaging Sources’ (Ch. 6)
  5. Ruane, ‘Designing Ideas: Research Strategies’ (Ch. 7)

For Thursday, 9/18 (METH)

September 17, 2014
  1. Ruane, ‘Measure by Measure’ (Ch. 4), cont’d
  2. Review of Midterm Guidelines
  3. Ruane, ‘Designing Ideas’ (Ch. 7)
  4. Booth et al., ‘From Topics to Questions’ (Ch. 3 of The Craft of Research)

For Thursday, 9/18 (URBS)

September 17, 2014
  1. Review of Pecha Kucha Guidelines
  2. The Chicago School: A Very Brief Introduction
  3. Herbert Gans, ‘Urbanism and Suburbanism as Ways of Life: A Reevaluation of Definitions’*
  4. Peter Gordon and Harry Richardson, ‘Defending Suburban Sprawl’, The Public Interest (2000)*
  5. Review of Research Brief #1 Guidelines

The main focus will be Gans’ classic critique of Louis Wirth. The essay by Gordon and Richardson is short; you can just skim it.

For Tuesday, 9/16 (METH)

September 14, 2014
  1. Chapter 4 of Ruane (2005)
  2. Chapter 3 of The Craft of Research

For Tuesday, 9/16

September 13, 2014
  1. Louis Wirth, ‘Urbanism as a Way of Life’* (PK: Samaria)

I’m not gonna lie: this one’s a bit of a dry read. Important material, nevertheless. Follow Erdmans’ advice on how to read journal articles. She insists that articles should always be read in one sitting–but if you really find this one tough going, read a section, take a break, then read another section.

For Thursday, 9/11 (URBS)

September 9, 2014
  1. Friedrich Engels, ‘The Great Towns’ (Bridge & Watson 2010)