Fascination with urban life has encouraged a growing interest in the 'Chicago School' of sociology by students of sociological history. It is generally accepted that the field research practised by the Chicago sociologists during the 1920s - the 'Golden Age of Chicago sociology' - used methods borrowed from anthropology. However, Rolf Lindner also argues convincingly that the orientation of urban research advocated by Robert Park, the key figure in the Chicago School and himself a former reporter, is ultimately indebted to the tradition of urban reportage. The Reportage of Urban Culture goes beyond a thorough reconstruction of the relationship between journalism and sociology. It shows how the figure of the city reporter at the turn of the century represents a different way of looking at life, and reflects a transformation in American culture, from rejecting variety to embracing it.Read more
- Corrects conventional beliefs about the Chicago School by using extensive and far-reaching primary material
- Reveals the connections between 'ephemeral' journalism and 'academic' sociology
- Gives insights into the phenomenon of the metropolis and reactions to it at the turn of the century
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- Date Published: June 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521026536
- length: 256 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.402kg
- contains: 6 b/w illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print
Table of Contents
1. 'News': the reporter and the new
2. The sociologist as city editor: Robert Ezra Park
3. Reporters in depth: a comparison of journalistic and sociological studies
4. Marginality and experience
5. 'To see life': the cultural undercurrent
6. Uncle Sam and young Sammy: sociology between reform and report
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