Sex, Scams, And Street Life

Overview

For more than 60 years, Times Square has reigned as one of New York's premiere tourist attractions. In recent years, an average of 20 million people visit New York City, and Times Square is a sight most do not miss. The reason for this is that Times Square holds something for everyone: theaters, restaurants, entertainment, and a transportation center that brings almost 400,000 people into the city every day. For a sociologist interested in studying crime and the ways in which deviant networks and communities ...

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Overview

For more than 60 years, Times Square has reigned as one of New York's premiere tourist attractions. In recent years, an average of 20 million people visit New York City, and Times Square is a sight most do not miss. The reason for this is that Times Square holds something for everyone: theaters, restaurants, entertainment, and a transportation center that brings almost 400,000 people into the city every day. For a sociologist interested in studying crime and the ways in which deviant networks and communities emerge, Times Square offers numerous opportunities. Because large segments of these groups pride themselves on anonymity, many researchers employ ethnographic research methods. The articles in this manuscript focus on the various aspects of Time Square using the ethnographic approach. The topics include the sex trade, drugs and drug dealing, recent redevelopment efforts, the social ecology of Times Square, and a discussion of police operations in this marketplace.

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Ten studies of New York City's most visible and famous monument to its diversity, for academic sociologists, urban planners, and general readers interested in Times Square or The Big Apple. The topics include visual ethnography, the Black Muslim ethic and the spirit of capitalism as manifested in the incense merchant, community court, law enforcement from the 1970s to the 1990s, and outreach to youth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275953591
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 1,026,158
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT P. MCNAMARA is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Furman University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Methodological Notes for a Times Square Field Station 3
2 An Exploration in Visual Ethnography 17
3 The Nature of Male Prostitution in Times Square 25
4 The Incense Merchant on Times Square: The Black Muslim Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 43
5 Dramaturgy and the Social Organization of Peep Shows 57
6 The 42nd Street Development Project 67
7 The Times Square Business Improvement District and Its Role in Changing the Face of Times Square 75
8 The Midtown Community Court Experiment 83
9 Law Enforcement in Times Square, 1970s.1990s 97
10 Taking It to the Streets: Outreach to Youth in Times Square 107
References 117
Index 119
About the Editor and Contributors 123
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