• April 12th, 2016

GGRC13 Questions

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GGRC13 Questions

  1. According toWolman and Goldsmith (Week 2: Theories of Urban Politics) while municipal governments are often considered more democratic because they are ‘closer’ to the people, they often face some significant constraints. Do you agree? Why?
  2. What are some ways thatglobalization is shaping urban governance, and why should we care?
  3. “Walking the streets nowadays, with troops at the subway entrance, barricades around buildings, cameras staring from lamp-posts, metal detectors and card-swipes at every door, cops profuse, newsstands billboarding alerts from every corner, involuntary anxiety at the sight of handbags and kerchiefs, it feels – more and more – like the battle for freedom is being lost.”  What does Sorkin (Week 5, The Hardening of Urban Space) mean by this statement?
  4. What does theMeng reading from Week 6 (Race, Space and Policing) tell us about racial discrimination and privilege regarding policing in Toronto?
  5. In what ways is urban space often invisibly gendered?Give two or three specific examples and explain them.
  6. Do you agree with Low andKohn (Week 4: Public Space, Private Space) that the growth of ‘private’ spaces like shopping malls are a threat to urban democracy?
  7. How important are urban social movements to local democracy? What are some of their strengths and weaknesses?
  8. What do you think are some of the challenges to equality that arise from the fact that many urban residents today are in some way ‘informal’ (i.e. economically, politically or residentially)?
  9. According to your Rossi &Vanolo and Varsanyi readings (Week 10, Citizenship and Cities), what are some of the ways that citizenship is produced in cities that goes beyond conventional notions of ‘national’ citizenship?

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