Urban Villagers, Rev & Exp Ed

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 1, 1982 - Social Science - 443 pages
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A sociological study of the native-born Americans of Italian parentage who lived in Boston's West End during the fifties.
  

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Review: Urban Villagers: Group and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans

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Dusted this off for a class I'm teaching and am struck with how poignant it is, knowing what's become of the West End and what the area's like now. Read full review

Review: Urban Villagers: Group and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans

User Review  - Leslie - Goodreads

Gans lives in a Boston neighborhood before the bulldozers of urban renewal razed it. He pays close attention to gender and class as he describes the lives of the immediate ancestors of northeast white suburbanites. Read full review

Contents

PART ON E Introduction
3
w o The Peer Group Society
45
and Medical Care
120
Missionaries Irom the Outside
142
Ambassadors to the Outside
163
Selective
181
The Peer Group Society in Process
197
The Subcultures of the Working Class Lower
241
Redevelopment of the West End
323
An Evaluation of the Redevelopment Plan
347
APPENDIX On the Methods Used in This Study
396
Postscript to Appendix
411
BIBLIOGRAPHY
418
Supplement to Bibliography
426
NAME INDEX
433
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About the author (1982)

Herbert Gans is a German-born American sociologist who was educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. Active in urban planning and housing at the beginning of his career, he taught planning and sociology at Columbia Teachers College and subsequently at Columbia University. 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). He has focused much of his research on the American middle class.

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