MONMOUTH, ILLINOIS (April 20, 2023) — The development, transformation, and role of major cities and regional centers in a globalized world is the topic of the latest book by a Monmouth College professor.

Monmouth anthropology professor Petra Kuppinger has authored Cities and Spaces: An Introduction to Urban Anthropology, a college-level textbook published by Waveland Press.

Global cities such as New York City and Tokyo, national capitals such as Cairo and Dakar, and regional centers such as Bangalore and Barcelona are powerful economic, political, and cultural hubs. Cities and Spaces surveys the development, transformation, and role of cities in a globalized world while exploring the history, methods, classic texts, and current discussions in urban anthropology.

Chapters in Kuppinger's 148-page book examine urban dwellers' lives, work, culture, and experiences in different-yet-closely-linked cities worldwide.

This concise introductory treatment illustrates how anthropologists address a wide range of questions, such as: What does it mean to work in an informal market in Lome? How does gentrification affect a Mexican American neighborhood in Chicago? How do people experience urban environmental degradation and injustice? How do race and ethnicity shape the experiences of urbanites? How do immigrants create new urban religious communities?

Kuppinger joined Monmouth's faculty in 2000 after earning a doctorate from the New School for Social Research in New York City.

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