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A Place on the Corner (Fieldwork Encounters and Discoveries)

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This paperback edition of A Place on the Corner marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elijah Anderson's sociological classic, a study of street corner life at a local barroom/liquor store located in the ghetto on Chicago's South Side. Anderson returned night after night, month after month, to gain a deeper understanding of the people he met, vividly depicting how they crea ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 288 pages
Published October 16th 2003 by University Of Chicago Press (first published February 15th 1981)
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I don't know enough about sociology to truly understand this study's importance. Many of Anderson's observations on the interactions between and among the bar's regulars, wineheads, and hoodlums (his terms) seemed fairly obvious -- power plays, fitting in with one group by denigrating another, etc. But maybe these interpretations only seem obvious to me because Anderson's ideas have already saturated the public consciousness as a result of books like this one? I just don't know enough about the ...more
lindsay blackwell
Sep 15, 2014 lindsay blackwell rated it really liked it
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this is a really neat ethnography—it examines a group of men on the south side of chicago in the early 1970s, but many of anderson's observations about community and the formation of identity are heavily transferable to, say, the communities we form online (i read this book as part of an information science course).
Apr 07, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Granted, I'm reading this for a class. I know why she assigned it; it's an 'anthropological classic'. Not a good sign. Basically, in persuance of PhD, a grad student spends three years in field study at Jelly's, a liquor store in South Chicago. For all that time, the content is stretched pretty thin, the analysis even thinner. Perhaps things will change in the 50 pages and 36 hours before we discuss it in class, but I doubt it. For better urban anthro readings, try "In Search of Respect: Selling ...more
Theresa Malloy
Mar 16, 2016 Theresa Malloy rated it really liked it
This is the first text I had to read for my Ethnographic Writing class. It is a book written about a black bar on a street corner in Chicago. The author is a renowned sociologist, currently teaching at Yale, but this was written in his grad school days. I enjoyed reading it, but it definitely reads more like a sociological text than a novel. It was a good book to get me interested in this field of study.
Aug 22, 2009 Kimber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting study about group behavior related to a bar/liquor store in Chicago. It is a little dry in places, but Mr. Anderson's research into the dynamics of the different groups and what they do to maintain their group status is cool to read.
Amanda Michelle Jones
Jun 20, 2013 Amanda Michelle Jones rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ethnographers, sociologists
Recommended to Amanda Michelle by: omar mcroberts
it's eli anderson. i generally love his work and this book is no exception.
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Elijah Anderson holds the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professorship in Sociology at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. His most prominent works include The Cosmopolitan Canopy and the award-winning books Code of the Street and Streetwise. His writings have also appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The New York Times Book Review. He lives in New Ha ...more
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