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When The Ghetto first appeared seventy years ago, Bruno Lasker in the New York Times called it "the most informing general account of the cultural background and psychological development of the American Jew." Arguably, the book still occupies this special niche in ethnic studies. Hasia Diner's extensive new introduction, in itself an important contribution to the history ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Transaction Publishers
(first published 1928)
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This book is cited so much in contemporary studies of the American ghetto I was rather astonished to find it looks at the history of the Jewish almost exclusively -- but many of the key ideas about ethnic minorities in cities clearly emerge directly from this, as they were meant to by Wirth, and built upon by others of the incredibly influential Chicago School.
While we are concerned mainly with the Jew and the Jewish ghetto in the following pages, and have drawn our material from the history of...more