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PSYCH 157: Cultural Psychology of Urban Living
Clark students and students from sociology department at the Higher School of Economics in Russia jointly explore urban living from the perspectives of both cultural psychology and sociology. The course is crosslisted through the program in Communication and Culture.

Syllabus and Readings, Fall 2007

(A session marked by an asterisk (*) includes the video bridge between Worcester and Moscow.)

August, 30: Organizational meeting + Introduction

September 6: How does cultural psychology analyze the complex phenomenon called the city?

Valsiner, J. (2000). Cultural organization of human life environments. In J. Valsiner, Culture and human development (chapter 7, pp. 119-143). London: Sage.

Deeb, L. (2006). Al-Dahiyya: sight, sound, season. In L. Deeb, An enchanted modern (p. 42-66). Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Parish, S. M. (1994). Moral knowing in a Hindu sacred city. New York: Columbia University Press. [Ch1-Learning to see in a sacred city, pp. 15-70].

Valsiner, J. (2006). The Street. Unpublished manuscript, based on invited lecture at Arquitectura 3000, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona in 2004.

September 13: Environmental psychology and living in the cities

Milgram, S. (1970). The experience of living in cities. Science, 167, 1461-1468.

Chamberlain, A. F. (1913). The "antagonism" of city and country. Journal of Religious Psychology, 6, 3, 279-293.

Werner, C. M., & Altman, I. (1998). A dialectical/transactional framework of social relations: children in secondary territories. In D. Görlitz, H-J. Harloff, G. Mey, G., & J. Valsiner (Eds.), Children, cities, and psychological theories: Developing relationships (pp.122-154). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter

*September 20: How does sociology deal with the phenomena of cities?

Kharlamov, N. (2007). Metropolitan everyday life: encounter, space, and frames. Paper presented at the Academic Spree Day Conference, Clark University, April, 25, 2007, Worcester, Ma., USA

Pokrovsky. N. (2006). On the role of the "Chicago School" in urban sociology. Lecture.

Maunier, R. (1909). The definition of the city. American Journal of Sociology, 15, 536-548.

Park, R. (1925/1967). The city: Suggestions for the investigation of human behavior in the city environment. In R. E. Park, E. W. Burges and R D. McKenzie (Eds), The city. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [originally in American Journal of Sociology,1915, 20 (5), 577-612.

*September 27: Discussion and decisions about research topics

*October 4: Theatrical actions in public spaces—being actors and spectators at the same time

Turner, V. (1982). Acting in everyday life and everyday life in acting. In V. Turner, From ritual to theatre. N.Y.: PAJ publication.

Hannerz, U. (1980). The city as theater: Tales of Goffman. In U. Hannerz, Exploring the city (pp. 202-241). New York: Columbia University Press.

Burgess, E. W. (1925/1967). The growth of the city: an introduction to a research project. In R. E. Park, E. W. Burges and R D. McKenzie (Eds), The city. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Dayanova, E. (2007). Functional isolation of marginal groups in the city. Paper presented at the Academic Spree Day Conference, Clark University, April, 25, 2007, Worcester, Ma., USA.

Mernissi, F. (1994). Dreams of trespass. Cambridge, Ma.: Perseus Books. [Ch. 3-The French harem, pp.21-26].

Nord, M. (2007). Sounds in/of the street as invisible boundaries. Paper presented at the Academic Spree Day Conference, Clark University, April, 25, 2007, Worcester, Ma., USA

*October 11: Phenomenological organization of the environment

McKenzie, R. (1925/1967). The ecological approach to the study of human community. In R. E. Park, E. W. Burges and R D. McKenzie (Eds), The city. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Ramonov, A. (2007). Environment as a process: living between light and darkness. Paper presented at the Academic Spree Day Conference, Clark University, April, 25, 2007, Worcester, Ma., USA.

Mello, E., Morrell, B., Morris, S. and Verlezza, V. (2007). Cultural psychology of parks: in darkness and in light. Paper presented at the Academic Spree Day Conference, Clark University, April, 25, 2007, Worcester, Ma., USA

*October 18: Urban arenas for public anonymous actions

Rossiaud, J. (1990). The city-dweller and life in cities and towns. In. J. LeGoff (Ed.), The medieval world (pp. 139-179). London: Collins & Brown.

Hannerz, U. (2004). Mainstream and ghetto in culture. In U. Hannerz, Soulside: Inquiries into ghetto culture and community (pp. 177-200). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Research paper drafts due.

*October 25: Carnivals in the city: the enactment of Halloween in Worcester

(preparation for observations in Worcester)

*November 1: Discussion of draft papers (I)

*November 8: Discussion of draft papers (II)

*November 15: Discussion of draft papers (III)

November 22: [THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY at Clark]

*November 28. Semiotics of rural, urban, and semi-rural urban lifestyles

Tuan, Y-F. (1978). Sign and metaphor. Annals of the Asociation of American Geographers, 68, 3, 363-372.

Tarasti. E. (2000). Semiotics of landscapes. In E. Tarasti, Existential semiotics (pp. 154-163). Bloomington, In: Indiana University Press.

Maran, T. (2004). Gardens and gardening: an ecosemiotic view. Semiotica 150- ¼, 119-133.

Hendry, J. (1997). Nature tamed: gardens as microcosm of Japan's view of the World. In P. J. Asquith & A. Kalland (Eds), Japanese images of the nature (pp. 83-105). Richmond, Surrey: Curzon.

December 6: Final meeting and consultations of paper drafts



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