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NCJ Number: 62783 Find in a Library
Title: PLACE ON THE CORNER
Author(s): E ANDERSON
Corporate Author: University of Chicago Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 247
Sponsoring Agency: University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL 60637
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
1427 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: JELLY'S, A BAR AND LIQUOR STORE LOCATED IN A RUNDOWN BUILDING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO, IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS SOCIOLOGICAL STUDY OF A GHETTO STATUS SYSTEM.
Abstract: BETWEEN 1970 AND 1973, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK, A SOCIOLOGIST, ENGAGED IN PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION AT JELLY'S. DURING THIS PERIOD HE SOCIALIZED WITH BLACK WORKING AND NONWORKING MEN AT THE BAR, DRINKING, AND TALKING WITH THEM. TO OUTSIDERS, THE MEN AT JELLY'S MIGHT APPEAR THREATENING AND DISORGANIZED, BUT THIS STUDY SEES JELLY'S INSTEAD AS AN ARENA FOR SOCIABILITY WHERE PATTERNS OF DEFERENCE AND DEMEANOR REVEAL AN UNDERLYING SOCIAL ORDER. A MAN'S RANK AT JELLY'S IS ESTABLISHED THROUGH SOCIAL INTERACTION AND DEMONSTRATED BY DEGREES OF FAMILIARITY EXPRESSED IN TALK AND ACTION. IN THIS WAY THE MEN RANK THEMSELVES INTO THREE DISTINCT, IF OVERLAPPING, CATEGORIES: REGULARS, WINEHEADS, AND HOODLUMS. TO THE REGULARS (STEADILY EMPLOYED AND WITH A STABLE FAMILY) THE CENTRAL VALUES ARE A VISIBLE MEANS OF SUPPORT AND DECENCY. WINEHEADS SETTLE FOR OBTAINING WINE AND HAVING SOME FUN, WHILE HOODLUMS VALUE TOUGHNESS AND MONEYMAKING. THE MEN ARE SHOWN MAKING AND REMAKING THEIR OWN SYSTEM OF SOCIAL STATUS THROUGH THE ROUTINE EXPERIENCES OF EVERYDAY LIFE. NOTES, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND AN INDEX ARE INCLUDED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Ghettos; Psychological research; Social organization; Socialization; Urban area studies
Note: PART OF THE STUDIES IN URBAN SOCIETY SERIES
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