Street Corner Society Synopsis

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1. I would say that the characterization of lower class neighborhoods as being disorganized is false. While from an outsider's view, things may appear hectic and chaotic, there is a finely designed structure among the groups involved in the areas. Individuals find themselves grouping together with others who have similar aspirations and desires; in Street Corner Society, this is seen as the ‘corner boys' and ‘college boys'. Corner boys grew up, not in schools, but with each other on the area street corners. Doc was the general leader of the corner boys. College boys grew up and moved on into the college life. The Norton Street Settlement House would see the college boys as having aspirations that needed cultivating; while the corner boys …show more content…

Patrick's Law. Chick joined up with friends from Ivy and from Norton Street to create the Italian Community Club, a very formal, if not bureaucratic organization. The difference between the two groups that I found interesting was the way that decisions were made. To me, it seems it was somewhat counter intuitive. The Nortons, founded by Doc's fist, made decisions based on everyone agreeing. This was mainly because Doc wanted to avoid factions within the Nortons. Chick brought a parliamentary approach to the Italian Community Club. On the difficult decisions, he would make an argument and then call for a vote. He personally say those who agreed with him calling for a mandate, and those against him dissenters.

The Street Corner Society case study helped pioneer research by having the researcher submerse them self into the subject matter. At the time, this was a new and unique way of conducting a study. It involved the researcher moving into the area and meld into the group in question. This allowed them almost complete access to the structure and behavior of the group, without the group changing their habits. This was the first time someone had been able to conduct such un-obscured research and opened the doors for this type of study into the mainstream of sociological investigations.
What I do question is the ability of complete objectivity and the possibility of incomplete data. By joining a one group in an area of many, I can't see how, at