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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


An influential body of sociological writing from the University of Chicago between the wars. The rapid growth and extreme diversity of Chicago combined with a concern for social reform to provide a common focus for diverse writers. Robert Park and others pioneered approaches to the study of contrasting C ity areas, using detailed ethnographies and life-history work to examine informal networks and shared values among even apparently “unattached” groups. Elements of future concerns with symbolic interaction, the sociology of deviance, and S ubcultures were strongly present. Despite later criticism of the use of ecological metaphors for urban form, and close attention to subordinate groups which neglected S tructures of power and the worlds of the powerful, the early Chicago work and that of succeeding generations have produced debate and empirical analysis important in sociology and in urban studies. 1984 : The Chicago School of Sociology . 1925 ( 1967 ): The City . 1930 ( 1966 ): The Jack-Roller: A Delinquent Boy's Own Story . Urban Life 1983 : Special issue “The Chicago school: the tradition and the legacy .” ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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