The Chicago School.
The L.A. School.
The Detroit School?
Detroit, and cities like it, face a distinctive set of social, spatial, economic, and political conditions that are far-removed from the focused density of 1940s Chicago, or the multi-nodal, multi-cultural sprawl of present-day L.A. Is it time to recognize a “Detroit School of Urban Studies?” If so, what defines it? Moreover, how do the conditions in Detroit-like places influence the questions we ask and the research we do in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies, including sociology, economics, social work, anthropology, political science, public health, public policy, natural resources, architecture and urban planning?
“The Detroit School Series” of colloquia will explore these issues throughout the 2012-13 academic year, thanks to a grant from Rackham’s Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars program and additional financial support from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Residential College, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.
Wayne State University urban economist George Galster will discuss his new book Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City, with a book signing to follow; he will lead a discussion the following day.