On the other hand, the poor and people of color live in dilapidated housing and can often barely make ends meet. About this Item: The Free Press Macmillan Co. Otherwise it would seem laughable for itinerant professors to idealize Boston's tiny neighborhood fiefdoms. Put more simply, are cities good or bad? As a result, he has been able, with a judicious use of direct quotations and personal impressions, to give us something of the real human flavor of West End life. Connecting readers with great books since 1972.
He returned to this theme in Democracy and the News 2003 , arguing that a news media manipulated by private corporations threatens to undermine the basic foundations of American democracy by failing to properly inform its citizenry. Two black felt-tip lines inside cover. The first of these two types, and the fourth overall, is the deprived. Herbert Gans identified several types of urban dwellers: cosmopolites, unmarried and childless, ethnic villagers, deprived, and trapped. Between 1964 and 1969, Gans worked as a research associate for the Institute for Urban Studies and Planning at the. Clean and tight - very good in very good dust jacket of this classic study.
In addition to differences in their sociodemographic profiles, city residents differ in other ways. At an early age, the West-End child begins to transfer his time from his family to his group of friends on the street and at school. The Urban Villagers, in subject matter and method, invites comparison with William F. He agreed with Tönnies that cities have a weaker sense of community and weaker social bonds than do rural areas. Culture conflict and crime No.
From Oscar Handlin on down, it has been customary to stress the extraordinary and bewildering transformation that peoples undergo in migrating from the old world to the new. Nevertheless, his traditional family and peer-group structure, and the concomitant attitudes toward them, still persist in somewhat modified form. In one of the earliest statements of this position, sociologist Thorsten Sellin 1938 , Sellin, T. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. He is best known for his work on American communities, including The Urban Villagers 1962 , a study of Boston's West End and The Levittowners 1967. The price of membership in the group is, according to Mr. These and other accounts all depict cities as places where various norms and values prevail, in contrast to views of cities that depict them as wild, chaotic places.
Gans, a conformity more thoroughgoing than any found in suburbia. In this way of thinking, political and economic elites in a city bankers, real estate investors, politicians, and others collaborate to advance their respective interests. One of the hallmarks of Gans's work is his willingness to challenge conventional wisdom. From his analysis, Gans concluded that the various forms of social problems associated with poor neighborhoods were not a cultural characteristic of the people who lived there, but rather a direct result of the social and economic circumstances of their poverty. Gans lived in the area for a long time and immersed himself in the complexities and daily concerns of its community.
About this Item: The Free Press Macmillan Co. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. In these times of suburban growth and urban planing, it is worth being reminded that cities, besides being centers of commerce and culture, axe places where people like to live. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. In contrast, two final types of residents find the city alienating and experience a low quality of life. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading.
As in a lot of cases, this is a niche academic book which is still highly accessible, but not populist enough to garner ratings on Goodreads. He arrived in Cambridge as a kind of economic immigrant himself. Gans 1927— is an , author of. One of the most prolific and influential sociologists of his generation, Gans trained in urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Martin Meyerson and Lewis Mumford, among others. His 1967 book The Levittowners was based on several years of participanat-observation in New Jersey's Levitt-built suburb in Willingboro.
Gans argues, most persuasively, that the West End was not a slum. Sociology and Social Policy Columbia University Press, 2017 The Urban Villagers Free Press 1962; Updated and Expanded Edition 1982 The Levittowners Pantheon Books 1967; Columbia Univ. In my experience it was but one contribution to growing criticism of urban renewal in the early 1960s and, with that, the physical orientation of urban planning that urban renewal represented. Accounting for spatial variation in tolerance: The effects of education and religion. As earlier chapters documented, these dimensions of our social backgrounds often yield many kinds of social inequalities, and the quality of life that city residents enjoy depends heavily on these dimensions. Customer service is our top priority!. As one example, he wrote that a father in New Jersey who had emigrated from Sicily killed a teenage boy who had slept with his daughter.