- 8:00 p.m.
The Department of Sociology presents
Local Shops, Global Cities: Transforming Culture, One Street at a Time
talk presents images and data at the midpoint of a transnational research
project on local shopping streets in six major cities from Shanghai to
Amsterdam, passing through the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. Taking a
common urban space as a microcosm of modern social, cultural, and economic exchanges,
we look at the powers and flows that shape the shopping street as a space of
both homogeneity and difference. When globalization tightens connections
between distant places, do the streets that make up a distinctive urban
vernacular become more alike?
Zukin is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the City University
Graduate Center. She has written a trilogy of books about New York City: Loft Living (1982), The Cultures of Cities (1995) and, most recently, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic
Urban Places (Oxford University Press, 2010). Her book Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney
World won the C. Wright Mills Award. In Point of Purchase, she examined shopping as the wellspring of
public culture in the U.S. Zukin has received the Robert and Helen Lynd
Award for career achievement in urban sociology from the Section on Community
and Urban Sociology of the American Sociological Association.