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Department of Social Anthropology


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For students taking the Human, Social, and Political Science Tripos.

This paper examines the nature of urban space and social relations, and interrogates how social anthropology understands and conducts research within cities. The paper draws upon a range of comparative ethnographic research and social theory to investigate the political, theoretical and methodological questions raised by the study of urban environments.

The paper places anthropological engagements with the city in the context of ideas from other disciplines, such as architecture, sociology, and geography. Core debates are introduced in critical relation to relevant bodies of theoretical work and case-studies of particular urban contexts. Students are encouraged to develop perspectives on the course material that are theoretically informed and ethnographically grounded, and to apply them to wider experiences of urban life.

Further information including a list of lecture courses and background reading can be found in the Paper Guide in the Paper Resources section to the right of this page.

Paper Resources


SAN12 Paper Guide

For lecture reading lists, additional teaching materials, past exam questions and exam reports please see the SAN12: Anthropology of Cities and Space Moodle Course.

Please note teaching staff and students enrolled on the Anthropology of Cities and Space will automatically be enrolled on the Moodle course and you will find a link to the course in the ‘My Home’ section of Moodle.

If you are a member of the University of Cambridge and you wish to view the reading lists, past exam questions and exam reports then you can access the Moodle Course as a guest. For more information on how to access Moodle Courses as a guest please see Moodle Help.