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Street corner society : the social structure of an Italian slum

Author: William Foote Whyte
Publisher: Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 1969, ©1955
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second edition.; Enlarged editionView all editions and formats
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"In the heart of 'Eastern City' there is a slum district we shall call 'Cornerville,' which is inhabited almost exclusively by Italian immigrants and their children. To the rest of the city it is a mysterious, dangerous, and depressing area. For three and a half years, William Foote Whyte lived in Cornerville -- for eighteen months with an Italian family, to get an intimate view of family life and to establish  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Foote Whyte
OCLC Number: 747752
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 364 pages illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Introduction: Cornerville and its people --
Part I. Corner boys and college boys. Doc and his boys - Chick and his club - Social structure and social mobility --
Part II. Racketeers and politicians. The social structure of racketeering - The racketeer in Cornerville S. and A. club - Politics and the social structure --
Part III. Conclusion. Conclusion --
Appendix. Appendix: on the evolution of 'street corner society' --
Index.
Responsibility: by William Foote Whyte.

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"In the heart of 'Eastern City' there is a slum district we shall call 'Cornerville,' which is inhabited almost exclusively by Italian immigrants and their children. To the rest of the city it is a mysterious, dangerous, and depressing area. For three and a half years, William Foote Whyte lived in Cornerville -- for eighteen months with an Italian family, to get an intimate view of family life and to establish contacts with the community. He learned Italian to be able to talk with the older generation; he joined the second generation's activities - bowled and played baseball and softball, and cards - to get their confidence and friendship. The result is Street Corner Society - a study of the social structure of an Italian slum. This sociological analysis of Cornervile deals with the structure and leadership of informal groups of 'corner boys' and their relations with racket, police, and political organizations. Conversations and chatty accounts of club meetings and bowling matches more than color the picture; they are the picture, for they show in action the relations which Whyte analyzes." -- Back cover.

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