Great American City Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect

ISBN-10: 022605568X
ISBN-13: 9780226055688
Edition: 2013
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

For over fifty years numerous public intellectuals and social theorists have insisted that community is dead. Some would have us believe that we act solely as individuals choosing our own fates regardless of our surroundings, while other theories place us at the mercy of global forces beyond our control. These two perspectives dominate contemporary views of society, but by rejecting the importance of place they are both deeply flawed. Based on one of the most ambitious studies in the history of social science,Great American Cityargues that communities still matter because life is decisively shaped by where you live. To demonstrate the powerfully enduring impact of place, Robert J. Sampson presents here the fruits of over a decade’s research in Chicago combined with his own unique personal observations about life in the city, from Cabrini Green to Trump Tower and Millennium Park to the Robert Taylor Homes. He discovers that neighborhoods influence a remarkably wide variety of social phenomena, including crime, health, civic engagement, home foreclosures, teen births, altruism, leadership networks, and immigration. Even national crises cannot halt the impact of place, Sampson finds, as he analyzes the consequences of the Great Recession and its aftermath, bringing his magisterial study up to the fall of 2010. Following in the influential tradition of the Chicago School of urban studies but updated for the twenty-first century,Great American Cityis at once a landmark research project, a commanding argument for a new theory of social life, and the story of an iconic city.

Robert J. Sampson is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Harvard University.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Setting and Thesis
Placed
Neighborhood Effects: The Evolution of an Idea
Principles and Method
Analytic Approach
The Making of the Chicago Project
Community-Level Processes
Legacies of Inequality
"Broken Windows" and the Meanings of Disorder
The Theory of Collective Efficacy
Civic Society and the Organizational Imperative
Social Altruism, Cynicism, and the "Good Community"
Interlocking Structures
Spatial Logic; or, Why Neighbors of Neighborhoods Matter
Trading Places: Experiments and Neighborhood Effects in a Social World
Individual Selection as a Social Process
Network Mechanisms of Interneighborhood Migration
Leadership and the Higher-Order Structure of Elite Connections
Synthesis and Revisit
Neighborhood Effects and a Theory of Context
Aftermath-Chicago 2010
The Twenty-First-Century Gold Coast and Slum
Notes
References
Index

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