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SOCB44H3 Lecture Notes - Louis Wirth, Observational Techniques

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SOCB44: November 5, 2012
- October 22: pp. 120-32
- October 29: 132 40
- November 5: 141 47, 202 29
- November 12: 160 - 168
The Gold Coast and the slum
- By Harvey Zorbaugh
- 1929 - Start of Great Depression
- Chicago:
- 1.5 square miles 90,000 residents
- next to “the loop” downtown area
o subway trains on elevated tracks or “El”
o the area around the elevated tracks were called the loop
- Lake Michigan neighborhood along the shore of lake Michigan called “the
Gold Coast”
o Rich neighborhood
- The other side of this: “the slum”
o Immigrants from Sicily (South of Italy)
- Other areas in between those two:
o bohemian areas
o rooming houses
- research techniques were unique at that time
o observational techniques
o as well as personal documents and life histories method
o school essays
o house to house surveys
o official records
juvenile projective association
united charities
o ethnographic research
first hand observations
detailed information about rural or isolated locations
e.g. bohemian and rooming houses
easier to study the slums than the rich because they are
more powerless
more difficult to study about the rich because of their
o life histories or stories
e.g. “Life story of a Charity Girl”
started her life in Emporia, Kansas
sad story
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