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Street Corner Society The Social Structure of an Italian Slum

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ISBN-10: 0226895432

ISBN-13: 9780226895437

Edition: 3rd 1981

Authors: William F. Whyte

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Street Corner Society is 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 Society broke new ground and set a standard for field research in American cities that remains a source of intellectual challenge."--Robert Washington, Reviews in Anthropology
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Book details

List price: $9.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/19/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Language: English

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
Doc and His Boysp. 3
Chick and His Clubp. 52
Social Structure and Social Mobilityp. 94
The Social Structure of Racketeeringp. 111
The Racketeer in the Cornerville S. and A. Clubp. 147
Politics and the Social Structurep. 194
Conclusionp. 255
Appendix A: On the Evolution of "Street Corner Society"p. 279
Appendix B: The Whyte Impact on an Underdogp. 374
Appendix C: Selected Referencesp. 390
Indexp. 393
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