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The Levittowners

The Levittowners

Ways of Life and Politics in a New Suburban Community

  • Author: Herbert J. Gans
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231055710
  • Category: History
  • Page: 474
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In his previous books Allen Guttmann has provided incisive perspectives on Avery Brundage's role in the Olympic movement and on the nature of modern sports. Now, in his latest book, the accomplished historian of sport turns his attention from the playing field to the grandstand. Sports Spectators, the first historical study of the subject from antiquity to today, is at once erudite and entertaining; comprehensive and succint. Guttmann first examines the history of sports spectators, starting with Ancient Greece and Rome. He then moves on to the Renaissance and traces three early sports -the tournament, archery, and early versions of football. The author then focuses on the emergenece of sports in post-Renaissance England, and discusses the curious spectacle of animal sports (bear- and bull-baiting and cockfighting), as well as the first appearance of combat sports such as sword fighting, stick fighting, and boxing. The book concludes its historical view by exploring contemporary baseball, football, rowing, tennis, and golf. From his chronological narrative, Guttmann shifts to detailed analysis of the economic, sociological, and psychological aspects of sports spectatorship. Who were, and are, sports spectators? What is their gender and social class? Have they normally been participants as well as fans? What are the political functions of sports-watching? What are the social dynamics of spectatorship? Guttmann provides fresh insights which will be useful to scholars and fascinating to everyone. Sports Spectators also looks at the dramatic transformations radio and television have made, and offers an incisive critique of today's sports-related violence, including the increasingly frequent incidences of spectator hooliganism. How violent (or peaceful) have spectators traditionally been? Has spectator violence increased or decreased? You needn't be a season ticket-holder to enjoy Sports Spectators. Allen Guttmann makes the history of fandom come alive for any reader interested in Western culture and what forms of entertainment reveal about us, as well as those concerned with the recent growth of spectator violence.

Small-Town America

Small-Town America

Finding Community, Shaping the Future

  • Author: Robert Wuthnow
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 1400846498
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 520
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More than thirty million Americans live in small, out-of-the-way places. Many of them could have joined the vast majority of Americans who live in cities and suburbs. They could live closer to more lucrative careers and convenient shopping, a wider range of educational opportunities, and more robust health care. But they have opted to live differently. In Small-Town America, we meet factory workers, shop owners, retirees, teachers, clergy, and mayors--residents who show neighborliness in small ways, but who also worry about everything from school closings and their children's futures to the ups and downs of the local economy. Drawing on more than seven hundred in-depth interviews in hundreds of towns across America and three decades of census data, Robert Wuthnow shows the fragility of community in small towns. He covers a host of topics, including the symbols and rituals of small-town life, the roles of formal and informal leaders, the social role of religious congregations, the perception of moral and economic decline, and the myriad ways residents in small towns make sense of their own lives. Wuthnow also tackles difficult issues such as class and race, abortion, homosexuality, and substance abuse. Small-Town America paints a rich panorama of individuals who reside in small communities, finding that, for many people, living in a small town is an important part of self-identity.

Service Clubs in American Society

Service Clubs in American Society

Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions

  • Author: Jeffrey A. Charles
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • ISBN: 9780252020155
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 226
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Placing the clubs in the context of twentieth-century middle-class culture, Charles maintains that they represented the response of locally oriented, traditional middle-class men to societal changes. The groups emerged at a time when service was becoming both a middle-class and a business ideal. As voluntary associations, they represented a shift in organizing rationale, from fraternalism to service. The clubs and their ideology of service were welcome as a unifying force at a time when small cities and towns were beset by economic and population pressures.

Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences

Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences

  • Author: Jonathan Michie
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135932263
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 2165
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This 2-volume work includes approximately 1,200 entries in A-Z order, critically reviewing the literature on specific topics from abortion to world systems theory. In addition, nine major entries cover each of the major disciplines (political economy; management and business; human geography; politics; sociology; law; psychology; organizational behavior) and the history and development of the social sciences in a broader sense.

Housing in America

Housing in America

An Introduction

  • Author: Marijoan Bull,Alina Gross
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1315309114
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 180
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Housing is a fundamental need and universal part of human living that shapes our lives in profound ways that go far beyond basic sheltering. Where we live can determine our self-image, social status, health and safety, quality of public services, access to jobs, and transportation options. But the reality for many in America is that housing choices are constrained: costs are unaffordable, discriminatory practices remain, and physical features do not align with needs. As a society, we recognize the significant role housing plays in our overall quality of life and the stability of our communities. We have made a national commitment to decent housing for all yet this promise remains unrealized. Housing in America provides a broad overview of the field of housing, with the objective of fostering an informed and engaged citizenry. The evolution of housing norms and policy is explored in a historical context while underscoring the human and cultural dimensions of housing program choices. Specific topics covered include: why housing matters; housing and culture; housing frameworks and political ideologies; housing and opportunities; housing and the economy; housing discrimination; and housing affordability. Readers will gain an understanding of the basic debates within the field of housing, consider the motivations and performance of various interventions, and critically examine persistent patterns of racial and class inequality. With an exploration of theoretical frameworks, short case studies, reflective exercises, and strong visuals, this introductory text explores improving housing choices in America.

The American Pageant

The American Pageant

  • Author: David Kennedy,Lizabeth Cohen
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1111831432
  • Category: History
  • Page: 656
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THE AMERICAN PAGEANT enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular, effective, and entertaining texts in American history. The colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and trademark wit bring American history to life. The Fifteenth edition includes markedly deeper explorations of the cultural innovations, artistic movements, and intellectual doctrines that have engaged and inspired Americans and shaped the course of American history. Additional pedagogical features make THE AMERICAN PAGEANT accessible to students: part openers and chapter-ending chronologies provide a context for the major periods in American history, while other features present primary sources, scholarly debates, and key historical figures for analysis. Available in the following options: THE AMERICAN PAGEANT, Fifteenth Edition (Chapters 1-42); Volume 1: To 1877 (Chapters 1-22); Volume 2: Since 1865 (Chapters 22-42). Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

More work for mother

More work for mother

the ironies of household technology from the open hearth to the microwave

  • Author: Ruth Schwartz Cowan
  • Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 257
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Shows how new, supposedly time-saving inventions have both increased the workload and improved the standard of living.

Understanding Social Impacts

Understanding Social Impacts

Assessing the Effects of Public Projects

  • Author: Kurt Finsterbusch
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 311
  • View: 753
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'The book clearly fills a void in the field of social impact assessment and should be well received by researchers involved in the field. One particularly strong point of the book is the presentation and review of studies that have not been published previously in readily accessible forms (e.g. agency reports, project reports, etc.). There is a wealth of information in such sources, and Finsterbusch has done us a service by making some of this material available here.' -- Organization Studies, Vol 3 No 4 1982 'The book's main contribution is the enormous amount and variety of data included in each of the chapters.' -- Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Vol 18 No 2 1982 'In this volume, Finsterbusch seek

Book Review Digest

Book Review Digest

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Bibliography
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People and plans

People and plans

essays on urban problems and solutions

  • Author: Herbert J. Gans
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 395
  • View: 8542
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Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

The Suburban Transformation in America

  • Author: Mark Baldassare
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231060158
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 251
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Takes a fresh look at American suburbs, explains why they are changing, and discusses the housing crisis, growth, local government, and demand for services.

Suburban Urbanities

Suburban Urbanities

Suburbs and the Life of the High Street

  • Author: Laura Vaughan
  • Publisher: UCL Press
  • ISBN: 1910634131
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 380
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Suburban space has traditionally been understood as a formless remnant of physical city expansion, without a dynamic or logic of its own. Suburban Urbanities challenges this view by defining the suburb as a temporally evolving feature of urban growth.Anchored in the architectural research discipline of space syntax, this book offers a comprehensive understanding of urban change, touching on the history of the suburb as well as its current development challenges, with a particular focus on suburban centres. Studies of the high street as a centre for social, economic and cultural exchange provide evidence for its critical role in sustaining local centres over time. Contributors from the architecture, urban design, geography, history and anthropology disciplines examine cases spanning Europe and around the Mediterranean.By linking large-scale city mapping, urban design scale expositions of high street activity and local-scale ethnographies, the book underscores the need to consider suburban space on its own terms as a specific and complex field of social practice

Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs

Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs

  • Author: Lorrie Frasure-Yokley
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1316453626
  • Category: Political Science
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Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs examines racial and ethnic politics outside traditional urban contexts and questions the standard theories we use to understand mobility and government responses to rapid demographic change and political demands. This study moves beyond traditional scholarship in urban politics, departing from the persistent treatment of racial dynamics in terms of a simple black-white binary. Combining an interdisciplinary, multi-method, and multiracial approach with a well-integrated analysis of multiple forms of data including focus groups, in-depth interviews, and census data, Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs explains how redistributive policies and programs are developed and implemented at the local level to assist immigrants, racial/ethnic minorities, and low-income groups - something that given earlier knowledge and theorizing should rarely happen. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley relies on the framework of suburban institutional interdependency (SII), which presents a new way of thinking systematically about local politics within the context of suburban political institutions in the United States today.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology

The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology

  • Author: George Ritzer,J. Michael Ryan
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1444392646
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 800
  • View: 622
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This concise encyclopedia is the most complete international survey of sociology ever created in one volume. Contains over 800 entries from the whole breadth of the discipline Distilled from the highly regarded Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, with entries completely revised and updated to provide succinct and up-to-date coverage of the fundamental topics Global in scope, both in terms of topics and contributors Each entry includes references and suggestions for further reading Cross-referencing allows easy movement around the volume

Fractured Generations

Fractured Generations

Crafting A Family Policy For Twenty-First Century America

  • Author: Allan C. Carlson
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781412823845
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 145
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Fifty years ago, the phrase "family policy" was rarely heard in America. Individual states maintained laws governing marriage, divorce, education, inheritance, and child protection, which regulated the formation, childrearing practices, and dissolution of families. However, these scattered policy issues were not seen as closely related. Until the 1960s, the nuclear family was an institution that was part of the natural life-course expected of most adults. Family meant marriage, children, the establishment of a home, care of the elderly, but perhaps most of all, bonding of the generations. As early as the 1840s, certain elements of states' policies hinted at a weakening family structure, but not until the 1960s was the family openly attacked. Feminists objected to a male-oriented home economy, demographers encouraged negative population growth, the sexual revolution was on the rise, and religiously grounded morality in public life was challenged in the federal courts. Married couples with children had to shoulder a larger tax burden, further discouraging people from building and maintaining families. Perhaps because family was so central to the founders' lives they found no need to mention it in the Constitution. But today, generational bonds have fractured, while family policy is a paramount public concern. As Allan Carlson makes clear no nation can progress, or even survive, without a durable family system. Contemporary family policy represents an attempt to counter the negative forces of the last four decades so as to restore the natural family to its necessary place in American life. "Fractured Generations"' chapters follow the life-course of the human family--marriage; the birth of children; infant and toddler care; schooling; building a home; crafting a durable family economy; and elder care. This is a passionate and well-reasoned appeal for a return to the institution that is the last best hope for America's future: the family. "No social institution is more vital to the perpetuation of civilized life than the family. Yet few institutions have suffered more from the relentless incursions of modernity than the family. And no field of contemporary scholarship has been more politicized and debased than the study of the family. These three facts, taken together, explain why Allan Carlson's humane voice, and his contribution to our national life, is so rare and so valuable. He is our most persuasive advocate for the natural family, one of the few scholars willing to approach the subject with an unapologetically normative view. For him, the family is rightly regarded as the nexus of the profoundest of human experiences: marriage, sexuality, procreation, childrearing, home life, home economics, and the care of the elderly. "Fractured Generations" is not only a succinct defense of that view, but a meaty compilation of particular policy initiatives that can begin to restore the strength and dignity of the natural family and give it the tools to defend itself. It should be read by everyone who cares about the future of the family."-Wilfred M. McClay, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga "A welcome and provocative book of thoughtfully revisionist history and wise prescriptions by an honest, learned man of the Midwest, "Fractured Generations" points the way to a family policy rooted in healthy tradition, American liberty, and human-scale community."Bill Kauffman, author of Dispatches from the "Muckdog Gazette" ""Fractured Generations" is an insightful and provocative account of the history and future of family policy in the United States. Written by one of the wisest observers of the family in America, this book offers timely analyses of topics such as social security, income tax policy, and family planning. This book is required reading for academics, journalists, and policymakers interested in the family."-W. Bradford Wilcox, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia and author of "Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands" "Allan Carlson is the best writer and thinker on family and society. His essays are always a 'must read' for anyone concerned about the family, be they liberal (to know the strength of their opposition) or conservative (to be led deeper and deeper in an always enjoyable way). With the years his already vast knowledge increases and his insights become more and more unassailable. In "Fractured Generations" he continues and refines his work - his tradition, and concludes with a list of public policy proposals that every Congressman and Senator should have in pocket-card form next to his (or her) heart." -Patrick F Fagan, The Heritage Foundation "Allan Carlson is an economist deeply immersed in the complexities of social history and public policy. Agree or disagree, his work always provokes and illumines. His recommendations for family-friendly social policy are stated clearly and defended vigorously. Anyone with an interest in marriage, families, and public policy will find Carlson's latest worthy of careful consideration. Let the debate begin!" -Jean Bethke Elshtain, author of "Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy." Allan Carlson is president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society in Rockford, Illinois, and distinguished fellow in family policy studies at Family Research Council. He is the author of "The Swedish Experiment in Family Politics," "Family Questions," and "The Family in America," all available from Transaction.

The Dignity of Working Men

The Dignity of Working Men

morality and the boundaries of race, class, and immigration

  • Author: Michèle LAMONT,Michèle Lamont
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674039882
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 416
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Brave New Neighborhoods

Brave New Neighborhoods

The Privatization of Public Space

  • Author: Margaret Kohn
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415944632
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 232
  • View: 8575
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Fighting for First Amendment rights is as popular a pastime as ever, but just because you can get on your soapbox doesn't mean anyone will be there to listen. Town squares have emptied out as shoppers decamp for the megamalls; gated communities keep pesky signature gathering activists away; even most internet chatrooms are run by the major media companies. Brave New Neighborhood sconsiders what can be done to protect and revitalize our public spaces.

The Research Imagination

The Research Imagination

An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

  • Author: Paul S. Gray,John B. Williamson,David A. Karp,John R. Dalphin
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139467026
  • Category: Social Science
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The idea that science is a blueprint for research, and imagination gives research its life and purpose inspired this comprehensive explanation of research methodology. The authors' decades of experience have revealed that research is a craft requiring judgment and creativity, not simply memorization and application of the rules of science. Whether one is conducting an intimate one-on-one interview or a large-scale examination of an entire society, human imagination and scientific principles of inquiry go hand in hand. To that end, this book emphasizes scientific method, but also acknowledges its critics. It covers a wide variety of data-collection techniques, but presents them as reinforcing rather than competing with one another, thus striking a balance between qualitative and quantitative methods. It is designed for students and instructors who want a comprehensive treatment of a variety of research techniques with special emphasis on qualitative approaches.

Reshaping America

Reshaping America

society and institutions, 1945-1960

  • Author: Robert Hamlett Bremner,Gary W. Reichard
  • Publisher: Ohio State Univ Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 403
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Whose Keeper?

Whose Keeper?

Social Science and Moral Obligation

  • Author: Alan Wolfe
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520074262
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 371
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Criticizes pure economic or political approaches to social problems, and argues for the establishment of civil responsibilities