The city has long been the preeminent social form in the study of modernity, and now, in this era of globalization, it is being understood anew. Virtually every challenge we face on a global scale – from inequality to political mobilization – requires that we understand how cities and the people in them are reshaping the world. The Cities and Globalization Working Group at George Mason University brings together faculty and students who are addressing these challenges and exploring the opportunities this unprecedented level of urbanism may bring.
We cordially invite you to our first public event.
Please come hear current members of the group briefly present their work,
and join the discussion about the coming age of the city.
Amit Patel, School of Public Policy, on tracking slum formation dynamics with GIS
Katie Kerstetter, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on community governance in Virginia
Rashmi Sadana, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on the cultural geographies of Delhi
Dana Dolan, School of Public Policy, on climate change and governance in the U.S. and Australia
Johanna Bockman, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on neoliberalism in Washington, DC
Tony Samara, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on emerging spatial, social, and political forms from the U.S. to New Delhi, Cape Town, and Shanghai
The Cities & Globalization Working Group is a group of faculty and graduate students at George Mason University. Interest in the study of cities in global context, and of cities as transnational spaces where globalization is produced, experienced, and challenged, has grown dramatically in recent years. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines have turned their attention to urban spaces, which for the first time in history are home to a majority of the urban population. The purpose of the working group is to both contribute a distinctive voice to this interdisciplinary inquiry and to develop a collaborative space, drawing from the considerable expertise that exists within the university. More