Spor o metodologii Whytovy Street Corner Society

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Title:Spor o metodologii Whytovy Street Corner Society
Creators:
Jeřábek, Hynek; jerabek at fsv dot cuni dot cz; Institut sociologických studií, Fakulta sociálních věd, Univerzita Karlova v Praze
Journal or Publication Title:
Data a výzkum - SDA Info, 7, 2, pp. 149-165
Uncontrolled Keywords:Street Corner Society; social research methodology; social research history; small group; social relations

Abstract

William Foote Whyte’s Street Corner Society is a classic study in which research was carried out on an Italian slum in a large US city. The methodology and conclusions of the study, however, depart from the standard typology. It was not community research, or a case study, and it did not even fit the narrative model of qualitative research. Whyte’s study did not use quantitative methods and yet reached analytical conclusions. Interpersonal relations are its primary focus. It tries to reveal the patterns of recurring group activities with the objective of capturing the hierarchy in small groups and the rules these groups are guided by. This article examines the motivations of Whyte’s influential study, his research strategy and his main method – participant observation. In the concluding section of this article there is a discussion of the basic paradigmatic debate in which Norman K. Denzin, Laurel Richardson and others criticised the methodology of the Street Corner Society while Arthur J. Vidich and other scholars praised this study’s innovative approach

Official URL: http://dav.soc.cas.cz/issue/19-data-a-vyzkum-2-2013/110

Title:Spor o metodologii Whytovy Street Corner Society
Translated title:Debate over the Methodology of Whyte’s Street Corner Society
Creators:
Jeřábek, Hynek; jerabek at fsv dot cuni dot cz; Institut sociologických studií, Fakulta sociálních věd, Univerzita Karlova v Praze
Uncontrolled Keywords:Street Corner Society; social research methodology; social research history; small group; social relations
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Data a výzkum – SDA Info (Data and Research – SDA Info)
Journal or Publication Title:Data a výzkum - SDA Info
Volume:7
Number:2
Page Range:pp. 149-165
ISSN:1802-8152
Publisher:Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v. v. i.
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ID Code:8156
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:04 Jun 2014 10:51
Last Modified:04 Jun 2014 10:51

Citation

Jeřábek, Hynek (2013) Spor o metodologii Whytovy Street Corner Society. Data a výzkum - SDA Info, 7 (2). pp. 149-165. ISSN 1802-8152

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