The Urban Ethnography Reader

Paperback | January 21, 2014

EditorMitchell Duneier, Philip Kasinitz, Alexandra Murphy

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Urban ethnography is one of the oldest traditions of American social science and has helped define how we think about cities and city dwellers since its inception in the early twentieth century. Renewed interest in urban poverty, the immigrant experience, and gentrification among the publicand scholars alike has focused attention on qualitative methods in the social sciences, and the field of urban ethnography in particular receives more attention now than at any point since its inception. The Urban Ethnography Reader assembles the very best of American ethnographic writing, from classic works to contemporary research, and aims to present ethnography as social science, social history, and literature alongside its traditional place as methodology. In addition to an originalintroduction that highlights the importance and development of the field, Kasinitz, Duneier, and Murphy also provide introductions to each section of the book. The section introductions will cover the period's historical events and how they influenced the study of the city, the major themes andpreoccupations of ethnography, what was happening in the social sciences as a whole, and how the excerpts chosen fit into the larger work in which they were originally published.A valuable companion to a wide range of courses on cities across the social sciences, The Urban Ethnography Reader captures the diversity, the historical development, and the continuing importance of the ethnographic approach to understanding American communities.

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Urban ethnography is one of the oldest traditions of American social science and has helped define how we think about cities and city dwellers since its inception in the early twentieth century. Renewed interest in urban poverty, the immigrant experience, and gentrification among the publicand scholars alike has focused attention on qu...

Mitchell Duneier is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. Philip Kasinitz is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center and Hunter College of the City University of New York. Alexandra K. Murphy is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:992 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mitchell Duneier, Philip Kasinitz and Alexandra K. Murphy: An Introduction to Urban EthnographyPart 1. Finding Community in the Modern City1. Jacob Riis: Chinatown2. W.E.B. Du Bois: Social Classes and Amusements3. St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton: Lower Class: Sex and Family4. Ulf Hannerz: Life Styles5. Harvey Molotch: Patterns of Black-White Interaction6. John Jackson: No Friends7. Robert Smith: In Tucuani, He Goes Crazy8. Richard Lloyd: Grit and Glamour9. Andrew Deener: Neighborhood SymbiosisPart 2. Social Worlds, Public SpacesIntroduction10. Laud Humphreys: Patterns of Collective Action11. James Spradley and Brenda Mann: The Territorial Imperative12. Elijah Anderson: The Black Male in Public13. Michael Bull: Empowering the "Gaze": Personal Stereos and the Hidden Look14. Jack Katz: Pissed Off in L.A.15. Colin Jerolmack: Feeding the Pigeons: Sidewalk Sociability in Greenwich VillagePart 3. Raising a FamilyIntroduction16. Kinship and Community17. Carol Stack: Swapping18. Mary Patillo-McCoy: Growing Up in Groveland19. Patricia Fernandez-Kelly: Towanda: Making Sense of Early Motherhood in West Baltimore20. Joanna Dreby: Children and Power During SeparationPart 4. Schooling and the Culture of ControlIntroduction21. Paul Willis: Elements of a Culture22. Jay MacLeod: Leveled Aspirations: Social Reproduction Takes its Toll23. Kathleen Nolan: Instituting the Culture of Control: Disciplinary Practices and Order Maintenance24. Victor Rios: The Labelling Hype: Coming of Age in the Era of Mass IncarcerationPart 5. Getting PaidIntroduction25. Nels Anderson: "Getting By" in Hobohemia26. Paul Cressey: The Life Cycle of the Taxi-Dancer27. Paul Siu: The Laundryman's Social World28. Elliott Liebow: Men and Jobs29. Katherine Newman: No Shame in (This) Game30. Peter Bearman: Serving Time31. Tamara Mose Brown: Mobility for the Nonmobile: Cell Phone, Technology, and Childcare32. Randol Contreras: Getting the ShitPart 6. Playnig Together: The Serious Side of Recreation and LeisureIntroduction33. William Foote Whyte: Bowling and Social Ranking34. Howard Becker: The Professional Dance Musician and His Audience35. Loc Wacquant: Welcome to Studio 104 and Pitiful Preliminaries36. Sherri Grasmuck: The Clubhouse and Class Cultures37. Amy Best: Race-ing Men: Boys, Risk, and the Politics of Race38. Reuben Buford May and Kenneth Sean Chaplin: Cracking the Code: Race, Class, and Access to Nightclubs in Urban America39. David Grazian: Winning the Bar: Nightlife as a Sporting Ritual40. Jooyoung Lee: Battlin' on the Corner: Techniques for Sustaining PlayPart 7. "But Does it Have a Point?" Ethnography and Social PolicyIntroduction41. Herbert Gans: The Destruction of Boston's West End42. William Kornblum: Working the Deuce43. Terry Williams: Letter From a Crackhouse44. Kathryn Edin and Christopher Jencks: Welfare45. Philip Kasinitz and Jan Rosenberg: Missing the Connection: Social isolation and Employment on the Brooklyn Waterfront46. Alice Goffman: On the Run: Wanted Men in a Philadelphia GhettoPart 8. Ethnographers and Their SubjectsIntroduction47. Barbara Myerhoff: So What Do You Want From Us Here?48. Philippe Bourgois: Violating Apartheid in the United States49. Hakim Hasan: Afterword50. Sudhir Venkatesh: The Hustler and the Hustled51. Annette Lareau: Reflections on Longitudinal Ethnography and the FamiliesCreditsIndex