This course examines the concept of the “ghetto,” with particular focus on urban communities in the post World War II era. We will use empirical research, literature and other forms of text and media to consider the following questions: What is a ghetto, and what forms has the ghetto taken in the United States? Is there something unique about urban, African-American ghettos? How and why did urban ghettos emerge, and how have they changed over time? What, if any, are the consequences of the American ghetto for racial and economic inequality in America? What role has the state played in the production, maintenance or dismantling of the ghetto, and what role can/should it play?