Gans made his reputation as a critic of urban renewal in the early 1960s. In 1971 he became a professor of sociology at , and in 1985 he became the Robert S. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The Old Neighborhood The Urban Villagers. The urban villagers: Group and class in the life of Italian-Americans Updated and expanded ed. Accounting for spatial variation in tolerance: The effects of education and religion. And in this day of mass society it is refreshing to think of cities as places that still harbor real neighborhoods where individuals know each other, have face-to-face relations, and feel a comfortable attachment to their surroundings.
Street Corner Society, which examined leadership in a street gang in Chicago, Illinois. For the West-Ender it is in the life of friendship that his energies and feelings seem to find their most important expression. Too crowded and unAmerican for the middle class tastes of City planners, it fell to the bulldozer in 1959 and was replaced by high rise, expensive apartment buildings. In one of the earliest statements of this position, sociologist Thorsten Sellin 1938 , Sellin, T. Black mark over original price on back cover.
Some underlining in text, but not that much. They commit high rates of crime and also have high rates of victimization by crime. It was a little piece of Italy, with narrow winding streets alive with urban social life. The writer argues that urban sprawl can have a negative. And certain ambiguities—as when Mr. From his analysis, Gans concluded that the various forms of social problems associated with poor neighborhoods were not a cultural characteristic of the people who lived there, but rather a direct result of the social and economic circumstances of their poverty. About this Item: The Free Press.
Two black felt-tip lines inside cover. Teen-agers, for instance, who are outgoing and aggressive when they are together, are found to be quiet and almost docile when confronted individually. On the other hand, the poor and people of color live in dilapidated housing and can often barely make ends meet. Like many sociologists of the mid-twentieth century, Gans did not draw a bright line between advocacy and scholarship. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. American Journal of Sociology, 44, 3—24. As one example, he wrote that a father in New Jersey who had emigrated from Sicily killed a teenage boy who had slept with his daughter.
Yellow and burgundy hardciverm 1962, Free Press of Glencoe, no additional printings indicated. He escaped the worst of the Nazi Occupation, moving first to in 1938 and then to the in 1940, becoming an American citizen in 1945. Gans has not been content with merely describing what he saw and heard: he has also integrated and structured his vast collection of data into a well-ordered and useful community study. Not understanding something is nothing to be ashamed of, but many people would rather sit silent. Street corner society: The social structure of an Italian slum. Gans did not spend as much time as other mid-century sociologists theorizing, but his work often offers pointed critiques of sociological method. In my experience it was but one contribution to growing criticism of urban renewal in the early 1960s and, with that, the physical orientation of urban planning that urban renewal represented.
The Urban Villagers: Group and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans. A certain amount of such sociological analysis can be ascribed to Italian-American outlooks. Functionalist theorists differ on the relative merits and disadvantages of urban life, and in particular on the degree to which a sense of community and social bonding exists within cities. In this manner, writes Anderson, people from different races can at least partly overcome the racial tensions that afflict many American cities. His study, The Urban Villagers focused on Boston's diverse West End neighborhood which was demolished for the construction of high rise apartments. About this Item: The Free Press Macmillan Co. It was part of the drum of criticism that led to the 1966 Model Cities Act and the redefinition of urban renewal and rethinking of the field of urban planning.
Our books are carefully described and packaged in boxes not envelopes. Gans was born in , , in 1927. Put more simply, are cities good or bad? A gift card and personalized message can be included upon request. Many and probably most of these accounts have concerned the lives of the poor and of people of color. The War Against the Poor: The Underclass and Antipoverty Policy.
Gans lived in the area for a long time and immersed himself in the complexities and daily concerns of its community. The buildings were old but most of them were in good condition, and the homes were clean and well-kept. Urbanism as a way of life. Gans argues, most persuasively, that the West End was not a slum. On the other hand, I think, Mr. London, United Kingdom: Free Press. Tell them who I am: The lives of homeless women.
Gans argues that poverty satisfies a number of positive functions for many nonpoor groups in American society —such as carrying out the essential low-paid work that others will not undertake. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. He certainly appreciated the social bonds and community feeling, which he called According to Émile Durkheim, the social bonds and community feeling characteristic of small, rural societies. Both laymen and social scientists engaged in pinpointing peculiar ethnic qualities of one minority group or another, would do well to give serious attention to Mr. Some underlining in text, but not that much. Though he has controversially associated poverty with positive functions in this way, Gans maintains that recognizing this does not mean that poverty should, or must, continue to exist.