ISBN-10:
0199743576
ISBN-13:
9780199743575
Pub. Date:
02/17/2014
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
The Urban Ethnography Reader

The Urban Ethnography Reader

Paperback

View All Available Formats & Editions
Current price is , Original price is $53.0. You
Select a Purchase Option (New Edition)
  • purchase options
    $42.40 $53.00 Save 20% Current price is $42.4, Original price is $53. You Save 20%.
  • purchase options

Overview

The Urban Ethnography Reader

Urban ethnography is the firsthand study of city life by investigators who immerse themselves in the worlds of the people about whom they write. Since its inception in the early twentieth century, this great tradition has helped define how we think about cities and city dwellers.

The past few decades have seen an extraordinary revival in the field, as scholars and the public at large grapple with the increasingly complex and pressing issues that affect the ever-changing American city-from poverty to the immigrant experience, the changing nature of social bonds to mass incarceration, hyper-segregation to gentrification. As both a method of research and a form of literature, urban ethnography has seen a notable and important resurgence.

This renewed interest demands a clear and comprehensive understanding of the history and development of the field to which this volume contributes by presenting a selection of past and present contributions to American urban ethnographic writing. Beginning with an original introduction highlighting the origins, practices, and significance of the field, editors Mitchell Duneier, Philip Kasinitz, and Alexandra Murphy guide the reader through the major and fascinating topics on which it has focused — from the community, public spaces, family, education, work, and recreation, to social policy, and the relationship between ethnographers and their subjects.

An indispensable guide, The Urban Ethnography Reader provides an overview of how the discipline has grown and developed while offering students and scholars a selection of some of the finest social scientific writing on the life of the modern city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199743575
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/17/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 896
Sales rank: 473,701
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Mitchell Duneier is Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and a regular visiting professor at the City University of New York. He is the author of Sidewalk and Slim's Table, recipient of the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Publication Award.

Philip Kasinitz is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Caribbean New York and co-author of Inheriting the City, also the recipient of the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Publication Award.

Alexandra K. Murphy, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, received her doctorate in sociology from Princeton in 2012. She is the author of Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poverty in an American Suburb, to be published by Oxford.

Table of Contents

AN INTRODUCTION TO URBAN ETHNOGRAPHY
Mitchell Duneier, Philip Kasinitz and Alexandra K. Murphy

PART 1. FINDING COMMUNITY IN THE MODERN CITY
INTRODUCTION

1 CHINATOWN
Jacob Riis

2 SOCIAL CLASSES AND AMUSEMENTS
W.E.B. Du Bois

3 LOWER CLASS: SEX AND FAMILY
St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton

4 LIFE STYLES
Ulf Hannerz

5 PATTERNS OF BLACK-WHITE INTERACTION
Harvey Molotch

6 NO FRIENDS
John Jackson

7 IN TUCUANI, HE GOES CRAZY
Robert Smith

8 GRIT AND GLAMOUR
Richard Lloyd

9 NEIGHBORHOOD SYMBIOSIS
Andrew Deener

PART 2. SOCIAL WORLDS, PUBLIC SPACES
INTRODUCTION

10 PATTERNS OF COLLECTIVE ACTION
Laud Humphreys

11 THE TERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE
James Spradley and Brenda Mann

12 THE BLACK MALE IN PUBLIC
Elijah Anderson

13 EMPOWERING THE 'GAZE:' PERSONAL STEREOS AND THE HIDDEN LOOK
Michael Bull

14 PISSED OFF IN L.A.
Jack Katz

15 FEEDING THE PIGEONS: SIDEWALK SOCIABILITY IN GREENWICH VILLAGE
Colin Jerolmack

PART 3. RAISING A FAMILY
INTRODUCTION

16 KINSHIP AND COMMUNITY
Michael Young and Peter Willmott

17 SWAPPING
Carol Stack

18 GROWING UP IN GROVELAND
Mary Patillo-McCoy

19 TOWANDA: MAKING SENSE OF EARLY MOTHERHOOD IN WEST BALTIMORE
Patricia Fernandez-Kelly

20 CHILDREN AND POWER DURING SEPARATION
Joanna Dreby

PART 4. SCHOOLING AND THE CULTURE OF CONTROL
INTRODUCTION

21 ELEMENTS OF A CULTURE
Paul Willis

22 LEVELED ASPIRATIONS: SOCIAL REPRODUCTION TAKES ITS TOLL
Jay MacLeod

23 INSTITUTING THE CULTURE OF CONTROL: DISCIPLINARY PRACTICES AND ORDER MAINTENANCE
Kathleen Nolan

24 THE LABELLING HYPE: COMING OF AGE IN THE ERA OF MASS INCARCERATION
Victor Rios

PART 5. GETTING PAID
INTRODUCTION

25 'GETTING BY' IN HOBOHEMIA
Nels Anderson

26 THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE TAXI-DANCER
Paul Cressey

27 THE LAUNDRYMAN's SOCIAL WORLD
Paul Siu

28 MEN AND JOBS
Elliott Liebow

29 NO SHAME IN (THIS) GAME
Katherine Newman

30 SERVING TIME
Peter Bearman

31 MOBILITY FOR THE NONMOBILE: CELL PHONE, TECHNOLOGY, AND CHILDCARE
Tamara Mose Brown

32 GETTING THE SHIT
Randol Contreras

PART 6. PLAYING TOGETHER: THE SERIOUS SIDE OF RECREATION AND LEISURE
INTRODUCTION

33 BOWLING AND SOCIAL RANKING
William Foote Whyte

34 THE PROFESSIONAL DANCE MUSICIAN AND HIS AUDIENCE
Howard Becker

35 WELCOME TO STUDIO 104 & PITIFUL PRELIMINARIES
Loïc Wacquant

36 THE CLUBHOUSE AND CLASS CULTURES
Sherri Grasmuck

37 RACE-ING MEN: BOYS, RISK, AND THE POLITICS OF RACE
Amy Best

38 CRACKING THE CODE: RACE, CLASS, AND ACCESS TO NIGHTCLUBS IN URBAN AMERICA
Reuben Buford May and Kenneth Sean Chaplin

39 WINNING THE BAR: NIGHTLIFE AS A SPORTING RITUAL
David Grazian

40 BATTLIN' ON THE CORNER: TECHNIQUES FOR SUSTAINING PLAY
Jooyoung Lee

PART 7. 'BUT DOES IT HAVE A POINT?' ETHNOGRAPHY & SOCIAL POLICY
INTRODUCTION

41 THE DESTRUCTION OF BOSTON'S WEST END
Herbert Gans

42 WORKING THE DEUCE
William Kornblum

43 LETTER FROM A CRACKHOUSE
Terry Williams

44 WELFARE
Kathryn Edin and Christopher Jencks

45 MISSING THE CONNECTION: SOCIAL ISOLATION AND EMPLOYMENT ON THE BROOKLYN WATERFRONT
Philip Kasinitz and Jan Rosenberg

46 ON THE RUN: WANTED MEN IN A PHILADELPHIA GHETTO
Alice Goffman

PART 8. ETHNOGRAPHERS & THEIR SUBJECTS
INTRODUCTION

47 SO WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US HERE?
Barbara Myerhoff

48 VIOLATING APARTHEID IN THE UNITED STATES
Philippe Bourgois

49 AFTERWORD
Hakim Hasan

50 THE HUSTLER AND THE HUSTLED
Sudhir Venkatesh

51 REFLECTIONS ON LONGITUDINAL ETHNOGRAPHY AND THE FAMILIES
Annette Lareau

CREDITS

INDEX

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Urban Ethnography Reader 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Sociological Experiments Make Great Reading The Urban Ethnography Reader opens with a story about Professor Robert Park tasking his students with investigating what forces cause social transformation. He urged them to "look at the commonplace with new eyes, to try to understand the world of the stranger next door, and to examine everyday life with both the discipline of scientists and the adventurous spirit of explorers." I don't know about you, but that line had me hooked! This collection of fifty-two essays covers everything from observations of Chinatown in 1890 by Jacob Riis to a study of Venice Beach and how it has become an upper-class imitation of its humble, bohemian origins by Andrew Deener. The greatest thing about this collection is that it focuses less on theories and almost entirely on first-hand accounts, interviews, etc. These ethnographers sometimes very literally lived in these different places to better understand a different culture with different world views. Ethnography is one of the oldest sciences and The Urban Ethnography Reader successfully brings together elements of literature, history, and anthropology. Whether you find that you agree with the observations the various authors make or not, each account is undeniably vivid and detailed. And you don't have to have any previous knowledge of ethnography to understanding their findings. This is a great introductory text, especially if you were to follow it with heavier readings like that found in Cities Perceived or The City in History.