Great American city : Chicago and the enduring neighborhood effect /

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Author / Creator:Sampson, Robert J., 1956- author.
Imprint:Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Description:1 online resource (xviii, 534 pages) : illustrations, maps
Subject:Neighborhoods -- Illinois -- Chicago.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Social conditions
15.85 history of America.
71.14 urban society.
71.12 social stratification, social mobility.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social conditions.
Illinois -- Chicago.
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Other authors / contributors:Wilson, William J., 1935- writer of foreword.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 493-524) and index.
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Summary:"For over fifty years numerous public intellectuals and social theorists have insisted that community is dead. Some would have us believe that we act solely as individuals choosing our own fates regardless of our surroundings, while other theories place us at the mercy of global forces beyond our control. These two perspectives dominate contemporary views of society, but by rejecting the importance of place they are both deeply flawed. Based on one of the most ambitious studies in the history of social science, Great American City argues that communities still matter because life decisively shaped by where you live. To demonstrate the powerfully enduring impact of place, Robert J. Sampson presents here the fruits of over a decade's research in Chicago combined with his own unique personal observations about life in the city, from Cabrini Green to Trump Tower and Millennium Park to the Robert Taylor Homes. He discovers that neighborhoods influence a remarkably wide variety of social phenomena, including crime, health, civic engagement, home foreclosures, teen births, altruism, leadership networks, and immigration. Even national crises cannot halt the impact of place, Sampson finds, as he analyzes the consequences of the Great Recession and its aftermath, bringing his magisterial study up to the fall of 2010. Following in the influential tradition of the Chicago School of urban studies but updated for the twenty-first century, Great American City is at once a landmark research project, a commanding argument for a new theory of social life, and the story of an iconic city."--Provided by publisher.
Other form:Print version: Sampson, Robert J. Great American city. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2011 9780226734569 9780226733869
Review by Choice Review

Harvard sociologist Sampson anchors his work on the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN), critically reviewing and revising some prior key findings from "the old Chicago School of urban sociology." This reviewer very much agrees with the eminent William J. Wilson, who wrote the book's foreward, that the empirical coverage is very detailed yet thoroughly comprehensive and sophisticated. Sampson's very readable PHDCN research findings are theoretically rich, cutting-edge in urban research, and should be inspirational for future researchers in urban sociology. High praise from prestigious scholars at impressive universities covers the book jacket. This very lengthy and in-depth read consists of 5 parts and 17 chapters, most of which cover Sampson's PHDCN findings, with data and intriguing graphs and images showing changes in Chicago's neighborhoods over time. Many of the graphs and images are novel and unique in their coverage. A definite must read for anyone interested in groundbreaking upper-level urban sociology. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. J. Venturelli Valparaiso University

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Anchored by his work with the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN), Harvard sociologist Sampson (Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points Through Life) reviews, reassesses, and revises "the old Chicago School of urban sociology," discarding what has proved to be wrong while preserving key insights and incorporating more current theoretical and methodological approaches. Both countering and absorbing contemporary globalization concepts, which suggest that place is irrelevant, he demonstrates, in persuasive detail, that "differentiation by neighborhood is not only everywhere to be seen, but that it has durable properties." After reviewing the historical development of neighborhood-effects research, Sampson provides a thorough account of the history of the PHDCN, its methodology, and its multifaceted, long-range studies of Chicago neighborhoods. Replete with lucidly explicated charts and diagrams, Sampson analyzes a multitude of neighborhood aspects from patterns of movement to patterns of altruism, from the role of nonprofits to the distribution of churches. Though academically rigorous and dense, his "relentless analytic march across the social landscape of Chicago" remains accessible. While Sampson's magnum opus will find most of its readers within the social science community and will likely become required reading for budding and practicing scholars, the trickle-down impact of his analysis is likely to be significant. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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