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.
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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
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
5 PATTERNS OF BLACK-WHITE INTERACTION
6 NO FRIENDS
7 IN TUCUANI, HE GOES CRAZY
8 GRIT AND GLAMOUR
9 NEIGHBORHOOD SYMBIOSIS
PART 2. SOCIAL WORLDS, PUBLIC SPACES
10 PATTERNS OF COLLECTIVE ACTION
11 THE TERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE
James Spradley and Brenda Mann
12 THE BLACK MALE IN PUBLIC
13 EMPOWERING THE 'GAZE:' PERSONAL STEREOS AND THE HIDDEN LOOK
14 PISSED OFF IN L.A.
15 FEEDING THE PIGEONS: SIDEWALK SOCIABILITY IN GREENWICH VILLAGE
PART 3. RAISING A FAMILY
16 KINSHIP AND COMMUNITY
Michael Young and Peter Willmott
18 GROWING UP IN GROVELAND
19 TOWANDA: MAKING SENSE OF EARLY MOTHERHOOD IN WEST BALTIMORE
20 CHILDREN AND POWER DURING SEPARATION
PART 4. SCHOOLING AND THE CULTURE OF CONTROL
21 ELEMENTS OF A CULTURE
22 LEVELED ASPIRATIONS: SOCIAL REPRODUCTION TAKES ITS TOLL
23 INSTITUTING THE CULTURE OF CONTROL: DISCIPLINARY PRACTICES AND ORDER MAINTENANCE
24 THE LABELLING HYPE: COMING OF AGE IN THE ERA OF MASS INCARCERATION
PART 5. GETTING PAID
25 'GETTING BY' IN HOBOHEMIA
26 THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE TAXI-DANCER
27 THE LAUNDRYMAN's SOCIAL WORLD
28 MEN AND JOBS
29 NO SHAME IN (THIS) GAME
30 SERVING TIME
31 MOBILITY FOR THE NONMOBILE: CELL PHONE, TECHNOLOGY, AND CHILDCARE
Tamara Mose Brown
32 GETTING THE SHIT
PART 6. PLAYING TOGETHER: THE SERIOUS SIDE OF RECREATION AND LEISURE
33 BOWLING AND SOCIAL RANKING
William Foote Whyte
34 THE PROFESSIONAL DANCE MUSICIAN AND HIS AUDIENCE
35 WELCOME TO STUDIO 104 & PITIFUL PRELIMINARIES
36 THE CLUBHOUSE AND CLASS CULTURES
37 RACE-ING MEN: BOYS, RISK, AND THE POLITICS OF RACE
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
40 BATTLIN' ON THE CORNER: TECHNIQUES FOR SUSTAINING PLAY
PART 7. 'BUT DOES IT HAVE A POINT?' ETHNOGRAPHY & SOCIAL POLICY
41 THE DESTRUCTION OF BOSTON'S WEST END
42 WORKING THE DEUCE
43 LETTER FROM A CRACKHOUSE
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
PART 8. ETHNOGRAPHERS & THEIR SUBJECTS
47 SO WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US HERE?
48 VIOLATING APARTHEID IN THE UNITED STATES
50 THE HUSTLER AND THE HUSTLED
51 REFLECTIONS ON LONGITUDINAL ETHNOGRAPHY AND THE FAMILIES
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.