Not available in 2015/16
SO480 Half Unit
This information is for the 2015/16 session.
Prof Francine Tonkiss STC S114
This course is available on the MSc in City Design and Social Science, MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course offers a critical introduction to key issues and processes in the study of contemporary urban inequalities. Recent urban analysis has highlighted the growing share of the global population that now lives in cities; this course puts that growth in the context of another major urban trend: deepening patterns of inequality in many cities across the world. It examines the continuing role of ‘older’ bases of urban inequality - access to land and property, gender inequity, ethnic and racial discrimination, legal exclusion and informality – as well as significant emerging patterns, including extreme concentrations of wealth at the top, middle-class stagnation, privatisation and spatial secession, immigration and insecurity. It also examines the complex of ways in which urban inequality is experienced, not only in terms of income or property, but also in consumption inequalities, inequities in access to housing, transport, urban services and legal protections, spatial disparities and environmental risks and injustices. The course considers the range of social, economic, environmental and political factors that shape, and also might help to address, urban inequality in these different contexts.
In sum, the course will:
• provide a critical introduction to current and emerging patterns of urban inequality
• consider the production of urban inequalities through social, economic, political and spatial processes
• explore common themes and critical differences across developed and developing cities
• address key debates in a range of urban disciplines, and situate these in specific urban contexts and examples
• Urban growth and the growth of inequality
• Wealth, income and inequality
• Spatial injustice: segregation and access
• Environment and inequities
• Informality and insecurity
• Social inequality in the city: gender, race and exclusion
• Governing inequality
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.
1 x 2000-word essay
• Beall, J. and Fox, S. (2009) Cities and Development. London: Routledge.
• Brenner, N., Marcuse, P. and Mayer, M. (eds) 2012) Cities for People, Not for Profit: critical urban theory and the right to the city. London: Routledge.
• Davis, M. (2006) Planet of Slums. London: Verso.
• Goldsmith, W.J. and Blakeley, E. J. (2010) Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2010.
• Graham, S. and Marvin, S. (2001) Splintering Urbanism: networked infrastructures, technological mobilities and the urban condition London: Routledge.
• Nightingale, G. (2012) Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
• Roy, A. and AlSayyad, N. (eds) (2004) Urban Informality: transnational perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia. Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books.
• Soja, E. W. (2010) Seeking Spatial Justice. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
• Tannerfeldt, G. and Ljung. P. (2006) More Urban Less Poor: An Introduction to Urban Development and Management. London: Earthscan
• Wacquant, L. (2007) Urban Outcasts: a comparative sociology of advanced marginality. Cambridge: Polity.
Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.
Two hard copies of the project to be submitted to the Cities Programme administration office, no later than 4.30pm on the first Wednesday of ST; a third copy uploaded to Moodle.
Total students 2014/15: 27
Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable
Controlled access 2014/15: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills