A PLACE ON THE CORNER
In the 1970s Professor Elijah Anderson spent three years visiting Jelly’s, a bar and liquor store in the ghetto on Chicago’s South Side. His study of the bar and its regulars lead to A Place on the Corner, a classic analysis of street-corner life.
Professor Anderson later studied two Philadelphia neighbourhoods, and wrote Code of the Street and Streetwise: Race, Class and Change in an Urban Community, which described the emergence of alienated young black men as ghetto role models.
A Place on the Corner has now been reissued to mark the 25th anniversary of its publication. Elijah Anderson talks to Laurie Taylor about the inspiration for his research, how he gained the trust of those at Jelly’s and what he found when he revisited the street corner twenty five years later.
Also joining Laurie will be Professor Adam Kuper and Professor Dick Hobbs, who will swap notes on the pleasures and perils of ethnography.
How do students like Elijah find their ‘way in’ to a subject and what do the people they are studying think of them?
Both Professor Kuper and Professor Hobbs have conducted their own ethnographic studies - but in very different fields - are there any common approaches that ensure a project’s success?
Charles and William L Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Philadelphia Ethnography Project at the University of Pennsylvania.
A Place on the Corner
University of Chicago Press
Professor of Social Anthropology at Brunel University, Fellow of the British Academy and Member of the Academia Europaea.
Professor of Law and Criminologist at the University of Durham
Sage Handbook of Fieldwork
edited by Dick Hobbs and Richard Wright
due to be published in 2005
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