August 2021 Newsletter

Dear CUAA Community,

I hope you all are savoring the remaining days of summer. I invite you to peruse the recent publications that our members have shared with us. Topics range from gentrification, art, neoliberalism, and racial equity. Additionally, our affiliated journal, City and Society, has released their latest issue.

As always, please continue to send me publications, events, news, and resources that you believe would be of interest to our community.

Wishing you all well!


Upcoming Events

New Name, New Website: CUAA Partners with IntersectLA

A few of you may have noticed that our current website is outdated. We’ve decided to partner with IntersectLA, a student-operated and faculty-run creative strategy agency at California State University, Northridge, to redesign it. Our new website will be fresh, easily accessible, and will highlight the work of our members and our section’s journal, City and Society. As we begin discussions with IntersectLA, I encourage you to reach out and share any ideas that you have. Perhaps, you’ve seen a feature on another website that you found exceptionally useful. Or maybe there is specific content that you would like us to incorporate.

Regarding the latter, we are creating a repository of syllabi covering a variety of courses in anthropology. We believe that this will be a useful tool to newer and more seasoned scholars alike, as they refine and introduce new courses at their respective institutions. Should you be willing and interested in sharing, please send syllabi to

AAA Hybrid Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD (November 17-21)

This year’s annual AAA meeting is a hybrid event – registrants can participate virtually or in person in Baltimore, MD. The theme is “Truth and Responsibility.” Our sections plans to host two roundtables: “What is Critical about Critical Anthropology” and “Truth Be Told: Insights from Applications of Anthropology to Urban Public Space Issues.” Members interested in attending can register here.

Recent Publications

City and Society, our affiliated journal,recently released their latest issue. It includes a special section that discusses the right to the city in Latin America, as well as two additional dispatch sections, featuring articles examining COVID-19 and Policing the City.


The Inconvenient Generation: Migrant Youth Coming of Age on Shanghai’s Edge

Minhua Ling, Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, follows the trajectories of dozens of children coming of age at a time of competing economic and social imperatives, and its everyday ramifications on their sense of identity, educational outcomes, and citizenship claims.

After three decades of massive rural-to-urban migration in China, a burgeoning population of over 35 million second-generation migrants living in its cities poses a challenge to socialist modes of population management and urban governance.  The Inconvenient Generation offers the first longitudinal study of these migrant youth from middle school to the labor market in the years after the Shanghai municipal government partially opened its public school system to them.  It shows how they are inevitably funneled through the school system toward a life of manual labor under policies and practices of segmented inclusion. The politics of segmented citizenship is revealed in the complex processes of selective inclusion/exclusion of migrant youth through regulatory and market mechanisms as well as discursive practices.


“The Destiny of Urban Peripheries: Downtown Tel Aviv’s Contested Realities” (PDF attached with author’s permission)

Moshe Shokeid, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, discusses gentrification and its impediments in two slummy neighborhoods in downtown Tel Aviv. His continued ethnographic engagement in those spaces has identified specific elements affecting urban transformation, including a varied population (old-time residents, foreign labor, refugees and asylum seekers, better-off dwellers) and industrial and socioeconomic structural establishments.


“Proximal Disruptions: Artists, Arts Led Urban Regeneration and Gentrification in Oakland, California” in Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape (PDF attached with author’s permission)

In her latest article, Robin Balliger, Associate Professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, critiques longstanding assumptions about the role of artists in the gentrification process by contrasting the everyday lives of artists in a disinvested West Oakland neighborhood with city-sponsored arts-led regeneration strategies.  Through longitudinal ethnography, she shows how the regional economy of the Bay Area (particularly the information technology sector) substantially increased displacement and inequality, a context which also fostered mutual aid among diverse residents in a neglected neighborhood.


Renovating Value: HGTV and the Spectacle of Gentrification

Robert Goldman, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Lewis & Clark College, reveals how the comforting story told by HGTV programs obscures the reality of housing investment, renovation, and flipping.

HGTV has perfected stories about creating and capturing value in the housing market. This lifestyle network’s beloved flagship programs, Flip or FlopProperty Brothers, and Fixer Upper—where people revitalize modern spaces and reinvent property values—offer “fairy tales” in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. The cable channel’s seductive, bingeable programs may show how to find and extract value from properties, but, in fact, they insidiously ignore the realities of the real estate and mortgage markets, housing inequality, gentrification, economic insecurity, and even homelessness. In effect, HGTV has turned house flipping into a master narrative about getting ahead in America during an era of otherwise uneasy economic prospects.


Furthering Fair Housing: Prospects for Racial Justice in America’s Neighborhoods.

The volume, whose editors and contributors are a mix of civil rights, advocates, policymakers, and public officials, provides critical perspectives and identifies promising new directions for future policies and practices. Placing the history of fair housing in the context of the centuries-long struggle for racial equity, Furthering Fair Housing shows how this policy can be revived and enhanced to advance racial equity in America’s neighborhoods.

Contributors: Vicki Been, Raphael Bostic, Edward G. Goetz, Megan Haberle, Howard Husock, Reed Jordan, Michael C. Lens, Katherine O’Regan, Patrick Pontius, Alexander von Hoffman, and the editors

Editors: Justin P. Steil, Nichola F. Kelly, Lawrence J. Vale, Maia S. Woluchem.


Becoming Nisei

Lisa M. Hoffman, Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and Mary L. Hanneman, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and History at the University of Washington, Tacoma, examine Japanese America Tacoma in the 1920’s and 30’s in their latest book.

Tacoma’s vibrant Nihonmachi of the 1920s and ’30s was home to a significant number of first-generation Japanese immigrants and their second-generation American children, and these families formed tight-knit bonds despite their diverse religious, prefectural, and economic backgrounds. As the city’s Nisei grew up attending the secular Japanese Language School, they absorbed the Meiji-era cultural practices and ethics of the previous generation. At the same time, they positioned themselves in new and dynamic ways, including resisting their parents and pursuing lives that diverged from traditional expectations.

Becoming Nisei, based on more than forty interviews, shares stories of growing up in Japanese American Tacoma before the incarceration. Recording these early twentieth-century lives counteracts the structural forgetting and erasure of prewar histories in both Tacoma and many other urban settings after World War II. Lisa Hoffman and Mary Hanneman underscore both the agency of Nisei in these processes as well as their negotiations of prevailing social and power relations.

Job and Research Opportunities

Job Title: Assistant Professor, Urban Studies

Company: Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

Job Description: The Department of Urban Studies at Worcester State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, full-time, and benefited position at the Assistant Professor level beginning in the Fall Semester of 2022. We are particularly interested in scholars whose teaching and research interests are in the areas of quantitative policy analysis, urban environmental policy, urban economics, community-engaged planning, urban education, and public health.

The ideal candidate will be an interdisciplinary scholar who is able to teach quantitative research methods, and who can demonstrate an ability to situate these methods in a socio-cultural context. They will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses. Courses involving policy analysis and quantitative methods may cover several different topics, including:

• Transportation

• Housing

• Urban health & social systems

• Urban food systems

Application Instructions:

Worcester State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

All applicants must apply online through Interview Exchange:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for 3 professional references who will submit a letter of reference on your behalf.

Grants and Awards

Member Awarded Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant

Dr. B. Lynne Milgram (OCAD University), as a co-applicant, is part of an international research team that was just awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) three-year ‘Partnership Development Grant’ entitled, Resilient Urban Communities & Local Food Systems after COVID-19: Developing Knowledge Partnerships Beyond the Pandemic

Led by the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Jayeeta Sharma, (University of Toronto, Scarborough), team members will engage cross-sectoral research to promote a better understanding of the policy-related and community-focused measures that will contribute to collective food security and post-pandemic urban food resiliency.