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By Donald M. Nonini

A significant other to city Anthropology provides a suite of unique essays from foreign students on key concerns in city anthropology and broader cross-disciplinary city reports. * positive aspects newly commissioned essays from 35 major overseas students in city and international reports * contains essays in vintage components of outrage to city anthropologists equivalent to outfitted buildings and concrete making plans, group, safeguard, markets, and race * Covers emergent components within the box together with: 21st-century towns borders, citizenship, sustainability, and concrete sexualities, nature, extralegality, and resilience and sustainability.

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Conclusion Urban anthropology has undergone a major transition over the last 30 years, changing from a field that focused solely on small-scale societies and groups living in cities, to multilevel and spatial analyses of the urban processes and social relationships. Rather than viewing the city as a static context or setting, 26 setha m. low it is conceived of as an urban region made up of complex interrelationships of places and a space of flows dependent on the whims of global capital. This transformation included changes in methodology (multi-sited ethnography and spatial analysis), history (incorporating a broader social science perspective), and substance (new objects and processes of study).

Low Specific locations in which local conflicts play out are increasingly seen as involving something more than just neighborhood or civic issues; contested sites are often the stage upon which social memory is constructed (Sawalha 2010). The production and reproduction of hegemonic schemes require the monopolization of public spaces in order to dominate memories. Popular and official memories co-define each other, often in shifting relations, but the state controls public spaces critical to the reproduction of a dominant memory while marginalizing the counter-histories of peasants, women, working classes, and others (see Chapter 20, “Memory and Narrative”).

In the Jewish Kazimierz district in Krakow, redevelopment plans sought to “restore” the past by erasing the Nazi occupation and 40 years of communism (Kugelmass and Bukowska 1998). Government-mandated street renaming in East Berlin after reunification also brought about objections by residents who rejected the state’s attempt to create a new vision of the German state. The state selectively eliminated names with historical references to local twentieth-century socialist figures, which were vaguely equated with the Third Reich, in favor of those representing the nineteenth-century Prussian state.

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