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Honours Essays (Political Science)

Political Science Honors Essays are original research papers written by undergraduate students during the final two semesters of their undergraduate studies. Students are supported in this undertaking by faculty members who serve as honors supervisors. The papers in this collection have also benefited from feedback provided at the annual Department of Political Science Honors Conference.
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  1. Giuliani is Burning: Foucault, Creative Class Gentrification, and the "Disciplinary City" [Download]

    Title: Giuliani is Burning: Foucault, Creative Class Gentrification, and the "Disciplinary City"
    Creator: Chittick, Kyler
    Description: This thesis challenges the Creative Class's attraction to urban "authenticity" through phenomenology and affect theory (especially through Deleuze) in order to problematize its gentrification of urban spaces. It contends that the Creative Class's gentrification of urban space in New York City has had a pernicious effect on queer spaces and venues. Using the work of philosopher Michel Foucault, especially "The History of Sexuality" (1976) and "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison" (1975), this thesis demonstrates how Creative Class gentrification embodies Foucault's philosophies, including "disciplinary power" and the "deployment of sexuality."
    Subjects: Undergraduate Thesis , Urban Studies , Queer Theory, Creative Class, Gentrification, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze , Phenomenology , Affect Theory
    Date Created: 2016/04/08