Anthropology, Public policy, Sociology

This course is generously supported by a grant from INTAS for participants from NIS countries.

Course date

3 July - 14 July, 2006
Application deadline:
15 February, 2006
Course Director(s): 

Judit Bodnar

Department of History/Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Kaveh Ehsani

Iranian Parliament Research Center, Tehran, Iran

Roger Keil

York University, Toronto, Environmental Studies, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ute Lehrer

York University, Toronto, Environmental Studies, Toronto, ON, Canada

Norma Moruzzi

University of Illinois at Chicago, Political Science, Chicago, United States of America

Allan Siegel

Hungarian Academy of Arts, Intermedia, Budapest, Hungary

Cities emerged as market places. They are strategic sites of globalization that is often understood as the expansion and intensification of market logic. The course examines global urban restructuring through the processes of commercialization and counter-tendencies: the commercialization and privatization of the urban 'commons' of housing, urban services and public space as well as policies and movements challenging them. It oscillates between a political economic and cultural analysis of the market in an abstract sense and an empirically driven analysis of formal and informal venues and ways of commercial activities. It is a theoretically and historically minded critical treatment of commercialization with a rich and diverse comparative material including Budapest as constant referent. Field trips in the city are part of the course.