Urban Issues: Poverty and Affluence Final

This Final is also a “take-home” exam covering the entire course. The exam is comprised of one (1) essay questions that asks you to synthesize what you have learned. The Final is to be submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF document. It should be written in Times New Roman 12pt font, double-spaced, with 1” margins on all sides,. Additionally it should have single-spaced header (left- or right-justified) to include – student(s)’ name(s), course number, instructor’s name, date and assignment title. The header should occur on the FIRST PAGE ONLY. For the final you should answer the following question with a minimum of 800 words. ESSAY TOPIC : Legal scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw introduced the theory of identity intersectionality (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberl%C3%A9_Williams_Crenshaw#Intersectionality and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersectionality or search for “Kimberle Crenshaw” and “Intersectionality” in wikipedia) . After reading the two wikipedia entries, consider the role of intersectionality as influential in one’s perception of and experience in the city. Specifically consider the social categories of race, class and gender. Select any two individuals that differ in each of these categories (and other categories such as religion, sexual orientation, able-bodiedness, gender identity, education, citizenship status, etc.) and describe how they might experience the city differently from one another. For example how would a wealthy, white, protestant, straight ,male experience the city differently from a working class, middle eastern, muslim, lesbian female? (here the comparison is : 1. class, 2. race, 3.religion, 4. sexual orientation, and 5. gender) Or, what type of environmental and social situations would a wealthy, black, atheist female athlete encounter in urban spaces as compared to a middle class, white, catholic, male amputee)? (here the comparison is : 1. class, 2. race, 3.religion, 4. gender, and 5.able-bodiedness) You can create ANY two identities to compare and they may share one or more social identities (i.e. they do not have to be as different as the provided examples). You should choose at least 5 identity categories to compare(like the examples), looking across each of them to discuss how they contribute to different (or similar) social urban experiences (including social, economic, political, environmental .etc experiences). These experiences should include discrimination and/or privilege. You should cite at least 3 references that support your analysis.   

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