Boston: An Ethnographic Approach
Merry White, TR 9:30 – 111
Boston is our beat: in this course, an ethnographic treatment of the city of Boston, we will explore Boston as a set of ideas of identity, politics and urban life, developing and placed in the spaces of a place called the Hub, Beantown, Bawston and the “Athens of America.” Boston’s patterns of geographical development, industrialization and immigration are different from those of other east coast cities. The spaces of Boston, many carved out of water by landfill, became enclaves with demographic distinctions of class, race and ethnicity. Policies, priorities and privilege further defined and set apart these places. The tools of anthropological observation and ethnography will provide students with the capacity to understand community, diversity and the human geography of Boston.Requires field trip participation. 4 cr.