Nineteenth-Century Cities: Essays in the New Urban History by Stephan Thernstrom, Richard Sennett
Nineteenth-Century Cities: Essays in the New Urban History
Author: Stephan Thernstrom, Richard Sennett
Title: Nineteenth-Century Cities: Essays in the New Urban History
ISBN10: 0300094655
ISBN13: 978-0300094657
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: Yale University Press (March 11, 1969)
Language: English
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Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Sociology
Research on the frontiers of urban studies was the subject of a conference on nineteenth-century cities held in November 1968 at Yale University. These papers from the conference attempt to define what is coming to be known as the "new urban history." The cities studied range from small communities – such as Springfield, Massachusetts, and Poughkeepsie, New York – to giants like Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston. While the majority of the contributions deal with American cities, four essays examine cities in Canada, England, France, and Colombia.
The studies focus on the dimensions of mobility and stability in the social structure of nineteenth-century cities. Within this general frame, the essays explore such areas as urban patterns of class stratification, changing rates of occupational and residential mobility, social origins of particular elite groups, the relations between political control and social class, differences in opportunities for various ethnic groups, and the relationships between family structure and city life. In all these fields, the authors relate sociological theory to the historical materials; a complex yet readable, interdisciplinary portrait of the origins of modern city life is the result.