Ideas about order and disorder have driven debates about the city for over a century. After reviewing classic approaches we will examine contemporary urban research on neighborhood inequality, "broken-windows" and crime, racial segregation, the challenges of ethnic diversity and immigration, neighborhood social networks, the symbolic meanings of disorder, and competing visions for the uses of public space. Students will conduct field-based observations drawing upon cutting-edge methods employed by urban sociologists to understand the workings of the modern city.
Forum for discussion of analytic sociological research on city and community. Covering a range of topics with a focus on social mechanisms, processes, and structures. The workshop aims to support the presentation of graduate student research but will also include discussion sessions on selected readings and work-in-progress by faculty at Harvard and colleagues around the country.
American cities have changed in extraordinary ways. In the last half of the 20th century, there was gloom about urban life and many cities were projected to decline and decay. Many did but Boston and other cities blossomed, becoming models of urban renaissance. Using Boston as a case, this course considers issues of economic change, technology, neighborhood inequality, political governance, elite relations, cultural institutions, crime, race and ethnic relations, immigration, gentrification and suburbanization. Regular guest speakers.
Guides students through the process of producing an original research paper of high quality. Readings and discussion cover the identification of appropriate research problems, the nature of causal reasoning, and data analysis and write-up.