The Ghetto

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Louis Wirth
Transaction Publishers, 1998 - Social Science - 306 pages
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The Ghetto traces back to the medieval era the Jewish immigrant colonies that have virtually disappeared from our modern cities--to be replaced by other ghettoes. Analytical as well as historical, Wirth's book lays bare the rich inner life hidden behind the drab exterior of the ghetto. The book describes the significant physical, social, and psychic influences of ghetto life upon the Jews. Wirth demonstrates that the economic life of the modern Jew still reflects the impress of the social isolation of ghetto life; at first self-imposed, later formalized, and finally imposed by others through a variety of extralegal mechanisms.

 

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Fascinating exerpt used by Atlantic Magazine in the cover story on race in America.

Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE TRANSACTION EDITION
ix
FOREWORD
lxv
PREFACE
lxix
INTRODUCTION
1
THE ORIGIN OF THE GHETTO
11
THE GHETTO BECOMES AN INSTITUTION
29
FRANKFORT A TYPICAL GHETTO
41
THE JEWISH TYPE
63
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE GHETTO
171
THE CHICAGO GHETTO
195
THE VANISHING GHETTO
241
THE RETURN TO THE GHETTO
263
THE SOCIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE GHETTO
282
BIBLIOGRAPHY
292
INDEX OF AUTHORS
301
SUBJECT INDEX
303

THE GHETTO IN DISSOLUTION
97
ORIGINS OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN CHICAGO
153

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