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. 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. STREET AND STREET CORNER SOCIETY 1 Street Corner Society is an ethnography book done by William Foote. The book was published in the year

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STREET CORNER SOCIETY. Nutsy was the head of our gang once. I was his lieutenant. He was bigger than me, and he had walloped me different times before. Nov 12, Street corner society by Whyte, William Foote, , University of Chicago Press edition, in English - Enl. [2d] ed. The book Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum, William Foote Whyte is published by University of Chicago Press.

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William Foote Whyte made a seminal contribution to our appreciation of local community life and the possibilities of participant observation. He also explored organizational behavior and became an expert in employee-owned firms.

We explore his work and his continuing significance for informal and community educators, animateurs and those seeking social change. His Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum Whyte is one of the great works of urban sociology and has sold over a quarter of a million copies one of the best-selling English-language sociology books in history.

Books like Organizational Behaviour Whyte became key reference points in their field; and his later explorations of the processes of researching local settings were important to a new generation of local researchers.

For those concerned with fostering learning and development in local communities and organizations his work continues to repay careful exploration.

The family moved from there and Whyte was brought up in the Bronx, Caldwell, N. After high school he spent a year in Germany with his father and then enrolled in Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.

There he majored in economics, graduating in From Swarthmore he moved on to become a junior fellow at Harvard. This allowed him to take any course there — but by this time he had a strong commitment to social reform and had to struggle to reconcile his research interests with this Whyte He was able to bring these concerns together in the fieldwork that was to lead to Street Corner Society. Indeed, as part of the fieldwork he helped members of the gang he was researching to organize demonstrations to put pressure on City Hall to put more money into the neighbourhood.

In William Foote Whyte married Kathleen King — whom he had known for sometime — and they soon moved into apartment in the North End. Kathleen King Whyte was a commercial artist, but she also collaborated with him on several of his books acting as an editor.

Following his time at Harvard William Foote Whyte enrolled in a sociology doctoral programme at the University of Chicago. He submitted Street Corner Society as his doctoral thesis gaining a doctorate in Outside the USA, see our international sales information. University of Chicago Press: About Contact News Giving to the Press.

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William Foote Whyte 4th edition. Street Corner Society is one of a handful of works that can justifiably be called classics of sociological research.

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. Table of Contents.


Cornerville and Its People Part I: Corner Boys and College Boys I. Doc and His Boys 1.

The Members of the Gang 2. Bowling and Social Ranking 3. The Nortons and the Aphrodite Club 4. Disintegration II. Chick and His Club 1.

Street corner society : the social structure of an Italian slum

The Story of Chick Morelli 2. Organizing the Club 3. Whyte decided, therefore, to ease into Cornerville life and patiently seek out the keys to understanding this rather mysterious place. Soon enough, Whyte discovered the challenges of just getting started in field research.

After all, an upper-middle-class Anglo-Saxon graduate student from Harvard did not exactly 'fit in' to Cornerville life. And, as Whyte quickly found out, even what he intended as a friendly overture could seem pushy and rude to others.

Street Corner Society

Early on, Whyte dropped in at a local bar, hoping to download a woman a drink and encourage her to talk about Cornerville. He looked around the room, but could find no woman alone. Presently, he thought he might have an opportunity when a fellow sat down with two women. He gamely remarked, 'Pardon me. Would you mind if I joined you?

Street Corner Society

Then he offered to throw me down the stairs. I assured him that this would not be necessary, and demonstrated as much by walking right out of there without any assistance. For Whyte, a big break came in the form of a young man named 'Doc,' whom he met in a local social-service agency. Listening to Whyte's account of his bungled efforts to make friends in Cornerville, Doc sympathetically decided to take Whyte under his wing and introduce him to others in the community. With Doc's help, Whyte soon became a 'regular' in the neighbourhood.

Whyte's friendship with Doc illustrates the importance of a key informant in field research. Such people not only introduce a researcher to a community but often continue to be sources of help and information on a host of issues. But using a key informant also has its risks.


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