[tugs] THIS WEEK - 2nd & 3rd Urban Geography Candidate Talks

  • From: TUGS - Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society <r.tchoukaleyska@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 12:44:21 -0500

The 2nd and 3rd candidates for the Urban Geography position will be
visiting the Department this week. Please see below for details on
their talks. 

All undergraduates are encouraged to attend and provide their input to the 
Search Committee!


Dr. James Dunn - Research Talk
Sidney Smith Hall - Room 2110 
Wednesday, February 9th - 4:15pm
to 5:30 (approx) 

Metropolitan Income Inequality,
Socio-Spatial Differentiation and
the Geographical Structuring of Life Chances and Health in North
American Cities 

The rapid increase in income distribution
witnessed in Canada and the
United States in the 1990s has prompted concern about its effects.
One body of recent research has suggested that places characterized
by an unequal distribution of income are likely to have poorer
population health (as well as greater violent crime). A comparative
study, however, shows that while income inequality is related to poorer
population health in U.S. metropolitan areas, no such relationship
exists in Canadian cities. This presentation will: 1) examine possible
explanations for this ?Canadian paradox?, with particular emphasis on
Canada-U.S. differences in practices, policies and structures that
exacerbate or buffer the effects of poverty and inequality at multiple
scales, including the national and sub-national, but focusing on
metropolitan and neighbourhood factors; and 2) present a partial test
of the hypothesis that income inequality and health are associated
because unequal places are systematically less likely to invest in
human capital. This latter objective is investigated with an analysis of
the effect that spending by U.S. state and local governments has on
the relationship between income inequality and premature mortality.
The findings suggest that state and local government services may
have the capacity to shape life chances, and health chances, in
important ways. The presentation concludes with recommendations
for future research at the interface of urban inequality, public services /
finance, and neighbourhood life, and the consequences of these
factors on unequal life chances. 


Dr. Monica Varsanyi - Research
Sidney Smith Hall - Room 2125
Friday, February 11th - 9:30am
to 11:00 (approx) 

Stretching the
Boundaries of Citizenship in the City:
Migrants and Political Mobilization in Los

An increasing number of undocumented
migrants live permanently
within nation-states of which they are not formal members, or citizens.
At the same time as their labor plays an integral role in the economy,
they are excluded from full membership in their host societies.  This is
problematic not only from the perspective of these residents?
experience of political belonging, but also erodes democratic
legitimacy in a system in which ?the people? are purportedly its
fundamental backbone.  As this gap between popular sovereignty and
territorial sovereignty widens, a substantial literature on transnational,
global, and cosmopolitan citizenships has emerged.  However, sub-
national citizenships have yet to receive sustained attention.  In this
paper, I explore the promises and pitfalls of urban citizenship, both
theoretically and with empirical evidence from Los Angeles. Facilitated
by broader Latino political mobilization, their membership in
progressive labor unions, and labor?s shifting political strategy, many
undocumented residents of Los Angeles are participating directly in
electoral politics?in candidate endorsements, campaign rallies, and
?get out the vote? efforts?even though they are unable to vote on
election day.  How does this case study inform a discussion of urban
citizenship? Should formalized urban citizenship be a goal for
politically invisible populations?  Is urban citizenship a stepping stone
towards an increasingly democratic and participatory society?  Or is
urban citizenship merely a formalized second-class political


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Roza Tchoukaleyska
TUGS - President 
 Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society 
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