The Reportage of Urban Culture: Robert Park and the Chicago School

The Reportage of Urban Culture: Robert Park and the Chicago School

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By (author) Rolf Lindner, Translated by Adrian Morris, With Jeremy Gaines, With Martin Chalmers, Series edited by Quentin Skinner, Series edited by Lorraine Daston, Series edited by Dorothy Ross, Series edited by James Tully

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521026539
  • ISBN 13: 9780521026536
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 6 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 1,019,574

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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.

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"Overall, this is a very rich study of the origins of the Chicago School and of the intellectual influences on Robert Park. That he saw a sociologist as in reality a poet, committed through 'intuition and sensitivity' to dissecting the 'ossified shells of conventional thought,' suggests why this discipline still has much to contribute to the study of the urban world." Peter McGahan, Urban History Review

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I: 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; Part II: 4. Marginality and experience; 5. 'To see life': the cultural undercurrent; 6. Uncle Sam and young Sammy: sociology between reform and report; Bibliography; Indexes.