The Romance of Culture in an Urban Civilisation: Robert E. Park on Race and Ethnic Relations in Cities, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Romance of Culture in an Urban Civilisation

Robert E. Park on Race and Ethnic Relations in Cities, 1st Edition

By Barbara Ballis Lal


214 pages

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In this book, originally published in 1990, the author presents a general, critical overview of Robert E. Park and the Chicago school of American sociology. Lal concentrates on the contribution that Park and those working within the Chicago school tradition have made to the area of urban race and ethnicity, and suggests how the current thinking among sociologists, anthropologists, social historians, and social geographers might usefully be amalgamated with the ongoing tradition originating with Park at Chicago. This book should be of interest to students and teachers of sociology, urban studies and race relations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Social Context and Individual Biography 2. Culture, Communication, and Social Control 3. Park’s Approach to Race and Ethnic Relations 4. The Emergence of an Ethnographic Tradition 5. Immigrants and the ‘Ethnicity Paradox’ 6. ‘Bright Lights, Impending Shadows’: Afro-American Migration to Northern Cities 7. Getting It Together: A Scheme of Interpretation; Notes; Bibliography; Name Index; Subject Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Studies

Reissuing works originally published between 1968 and 1997, this 24 volume set offers a selection of scholarship on urban studies. Topics include urban policy, urban economics, and identity and poverty in urban communities. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and urban studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban