Street Corner Society The Social Structure of an Italian Slum

ISBN-10: 0226895459
ISBN-13: 9780226895451
Edition: 4th 1993
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Description: Street Corner Societyis one of a handful of works that can justifiably be called classics of sociological research. William Foote Whyte's account of the Italian American slum he called "Cornerville"--Boston's North End--has been the model for urban  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 418
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Street Corner Societyis one of a handful of works that can justifiably be called classics of sociological research. William Foote Whyte's account of the Italian American slum he called "Cornerville"--Boston's North End--has been the model for urban ethnography for fifty years. By mapping the intricate social worlds of street gangs and "corner boys," Whyte was among the first to demonstrate that a poor community need not be socially disorganized. His writing set a standard for vivid portrayals of real people in real situations. And his frank discussion of his methodology--participant observation--has served as an essential casebook in field research for generations of students and scholars. This fiftieth anniversary edition includes a new preface and revisions to the methodological appendix. In a new section on the book's legacy, Whyte responds to recent challenges to the validity, interpretation, and uses of his data. "The Whyte Impact on the Underdog," the moving statement by a gang leader who became the author's first research assistant, is preserved. "Street Corner Societybroke new ground and set a standard for field research in American cities that remains a source of intellectual challenge."--Robert Washington,Reviews in Anthropology

William Foote Whyte, a sociology professor known for his work with urban gangs, died July 16. He was eighty-six. A 1936 graduate of Swarthmore, he earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. He began teaching on the Hill in 1948 as one of the first ILR professors. The title of his autobiography, Participant Observer, reflects his approach to academia--that a researcher can be a positive force for social change. "If there is a common theme in my work, it is my commitment to social exploration," he wrote. "Fieldwork fascinates me. I want to explain what is out there."Whyte, who became an emeritus professor in 1979, published twenty books, including the ground-breaking Street Corner Society, a 1943 study of Italian gangs in Boston's North End. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Kathleen King Whyte, four children, twelve grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Introduction: Cornerville and Its People
Corner Boys and College Boys
Doc and His Boys
The Members of the Gang
Bowling and Social Ranking
The Nortons and the Aphrodite Club
Doc's Political Campaign
Disintegration
Chick and His Club
The Story of Chick Morelli
Organizing the Club
Social Activities
Opposition to Chick
The Second Season
Disintegration
Republican Politics
Chick Morelli's Career
Social Structure and Social Mobility
The Nature of the Groups
The Social Role of the Settlement House
Loyalty and Social Mobility
Racketeers and Politicians
The Social Structure of Racketeering
History of the Rackets
Organization of the Policy Racket
Relations with the Police
The Racketeer in His Social Setting
The Racketeers in the Cornerville S. and A. Club
Tony Cataldo and the Shelby Street Boys
Organizing the Club
Reorganizing the Club
The Political Issue
The Crisis and Tony Cataldo
Tony's Beano Party
The New Administration
Carlo and Tony
Politics and the Social Structure
The Changing Nature of Political Organization
The Political Career
Organizing the Campaign
Political Rallies
Election Day
The Nature of Political Obligations
Conclusion
The Gang and the Individual
The Social Structure
The Problem of Cornerville
Appendixes
On the Evolution of "Street Corner Society"
Personal Background
Finding Cornerville
Planning the Study
First Efforts
Beginning with Doc
Training in Participant Observation
Venture into Politics
Back on Norton Street
Replanning the Research
Again in the Corner Gang
Studying Racketeering
Marching on City Hall
Farewell to Cornerville
Cornerville Revisited
Getting Street Corner Society
Accepted as a Doctoral Thesis
Revisiting Street Corner Society
Fifty Years Later
The Whyte Impact on an Underdog by Angelo Ralph Orlandella
Selected References
Index

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