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Street Corner Society By William Foote Whyte

Street Corner Society
by William Foote Whyte

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First published in 1943, this is an account of an Italian-American slum in Boston.
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Street Corner Society: Social Structure of an Italian Slum by William Foote Whyte

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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Street Corner Society: Social Structure of an Italian Slum by William Foote Whyte
William Foote Whyte
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The University of Chicago Press
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