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The unbounded community : neighborhood life and social structure in New York City, 1830-1875, Kenneth A. Scherzer

Label
The unbounded community : neighborhood life and social structure in New York City, 1830-1875
Title
The unbounded community
Title remainder
neighborhood life and social structure in New York City, 1830-1875
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth A. Scherzer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Stick ball, stoop sitting, pickle barrel colloquys: the neighborhood occupies a warm place in our cultural memory--a place that Kenneth A. Scherzer contends may have more to do with ideology and nostalgia than with historical accuracy. In this remarkably detailed analysis of neighborhood life in New York City between 1830 and 1875, Scherzer gives the neighborhood its due as a complex, finely textured social phenomenon and helps to clarify its role in the evolution of cities." "In a critical examination of recent historical renderings of neighborhood life, particularly by partisans of the "New Social History" and the "New Labor History," Scherzer finds a one-dimensional and often distorted understanding of what constitutes a neighborhood. As a corrective, he focuses on the ecological, symbolic, and social aspects of nineteenth-century community life in New York City in an attempt to recover the true sense and structure of the neighborhood in all its richness and variety. Employing a wide array of sources, from census reports and church records to police blotters and brothel guides, Scherzer reveals the complex composition of neighborhoods that defy simple categorization by class or ethnicity." "In this account, the New York City neighborhood emerges as a community in flux, born out of the chaos of May Day, the traditional moving day. The fluid geography and heterogeneity of these neighborhoods kept most city residents from developing strong local attachments. Scherzer shows how such weak spatial consciousness, along with the fast pace of residential change, diminished the community function of the neighborhood. New Yorkers, he suggests, relied instead upon the "unbounded community," a collection of friends and social relations that extended throughout the city."
  • "With pointed argument and weighty evidence, The Unbounded Community replaces the neighborhood of nostalgia with a broader, multifaceted conception of community life. Depicting the neighborhood in its full scope and diversity, the book will enhance future forays into urban history."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scherzer, Kenneth A.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HN80.N5
LC item number
S27 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (State)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Neighborhoods
  • Community life
  • Social structure
  • Quartiers résidentiels
  • Communauté
  • Structure sociale
  • Community life
  • Neighborhoods
  • Social conditions
  • Social structure
  • Stadswijken
  • Sociale structuur
  • Nachbarschaft
  • Sozialstruktur
Label
The unbounded community : neighborhood life and social structure in New York City, 1830-1875, Kenneth A. Scherzer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-346) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 356 pages
Isbn
9780822312284
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91040452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24698693
  • (OCoLC)ocm24698693
Label
The unbounded community : neighborhood life and social structure in New York City, 1830-1875, Kenneth A. Scherzer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-346) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 356 pages
Isbn
9780822312284
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91040452
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24698693
  • (OCoLC)ocm24698693

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