PSC 339, Advanced Topics in Political Thought: Power and Place in the City
Mon + Wed, 1:00-2:30, Lincoln Park, John French, PhD
Political power shapes our lives in countless ways, but nowhere is its influence more tangible than in the shape and structure of cities. Cities are collective projects, built and rebuilt by thousands or millions of people over long periods, but few of those people have a say in the decisions that determine the development of the city. At the same time, residents of cities often use them in ways that planners and political leaders did not intend or envision. Using the work of theorists including Michele Foucault, James C. Scott, and Timothy Mitchell, this course will ask why cities look and work the way they do, who decides, and how those decisions get made.