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BLST 258: Race and Urban Life

Man walking in front of the Marikana mural

Course Description

Examines the experiences of Black people in urban areas since the 1900’s. Same as SOC 258.

This course also fulfills the  Race, Politics, & Institutions major/minor theme requirements.


3 credit hours.

Past Texts Include

Natalie Moore, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation 

Mario Luis Small, “De-Exoticizing Ghetto Poverty: On the Ethics of
Representation in Urban Ethnography.”

St. Clair Drake, Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City

Lilia Fernandez, Brown in the windy city: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago

Ralph Laurence, Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago.