The anthropology of cities, urbanism, and transnationalism addresses the interconnections, social practices, and cultural politics that are at the core of urbanization processes, past and present. In the face of sweeping claims that we are now entering an “urban age,” anthropological research provides grounded and historicized perspectives on urban phenomena. Scholarship in the department investigates how the “urban” is imagined, constituted, and contested in a variety of contexts and from multiple perspectives. Current areas of interest include: early urbanism and the archaeology of cities; urban religion and sacred space; urban economy and exchange networks; built environment and urban ecology; heritage and historic conservation; urban planning and design; transnational processes and diaspora; crime and policing; and gang formation.
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