Policing the City: Carcerality, Poverty, and Violence

Schools of Public Engagement: University Urban Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Policing the City

Fall 2018

Taught By: Mine Yildirim

Section: A

CRN: 7455

Credits: 4

Although incarceration has conventionally come to refer to the legal confinement of sentenced offenders under the jurisdiction of the state, "the carceral" has come to embrace the myriad ways in which permanent or temporary dwellers of cities--human or nonhuman--could be confined. This class engages with various practices, design, spatial logics and mechanisms of carcerality and control that prevail in spaces and forms of confinement, be they state-sanctioned, quasi-legal, ad-hoc, illicit, spatially fixed, mobile, embodied or imagined. Our readings focus on spaces for detention of refugees, noncitizens, asylum seekers, and the criminalized, as well as segregated, marginalized communities of deep poverty and racial and ethnic differences, with particular attention to bodies--including non-domesticated animals--that can be detained, confined, expelled or even killed with impunity. The class also explores recent theorizations and experiences of political activism that engages with those practices, spaces and designs of carcerality that permeate and turn the communities and landscapes surrounding them into "transcarceral" spaces by means of regulation and control; intense surveillance of human and nonhuman bodies; suspension of law; and policing and the use of violence. This course aims to develop nuanced perspective and insight into the economic, social and symbolic making of urban governance, poverty and dispossession, police and violence across different cities.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: University Urban Studies (UURB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:11am 12/18/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Fanton Hall 72 5th

Room: 713

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/17/2018