POSTPONED - 2014 MSU Faculty Research Series - Third City: The Other Dimension


The term ''third city" is a description of the socioeconomic state of mind for those confined to a social status and economic dilemma that is separate from the traditional mores, manners and norms of America. The discussion revolves around the social science intersections of psychology, history, economics, criminal justice, and human development with indirect and direct relations to education, public health and law. 
The definition of this topic includes the perspective of traditional communities and perceptions of those living in the third city. This analysis is divided into three sub-categories: 1) Citizenship 2) Non Citizenship and 3) Anti-Citizens.  Finally, the discussion brings forth that this social phenomena is beyond urban communities and globally moving into areas not commonly associated with urban communities.
Carl S. Taylor, PhD is a professor in the Department of Sociology and African American and African Studies, MSU Extension Specialist, and Senior Fellow in University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University. Dr. Taylor has extensive experience in field research aimed at the reduction of violence involving American youth. He has worked with communities, foundations and government agencies in understanding gangs, youth culture, and violence. Some of the organizations include the Guggenheim Foundation, the C. S. Mott Foundation, the FBI Academy, and the Children’s Defense Fund. Additionally, he serves as the principal investigator for the Michigan Gang Research Project.
Pamela R. Smith is a research associate currently directing the Detroit Urban Research Project on Urban Families. She has emphasized the growing issues linked to poverty in urban America for single parents, public education, social work, and the criminal justice system. She has co-authored Growing Up Urban with Professor Taylor as well as published journal articles and book chapters in various areas all directly in the urban experiences of America. Ms. Smith is in the final stage of earning her PhD in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University.

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