Sociology 150




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.