I - Introduction:

1/27 --

II - Classic ethnographies

2/3 -- Social structure, expression, (and practice?)

Warner, W. Lloyd   Yankee City. Abridged edition.. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1963

recommended: (by Warner and his team)

  • 1949  Democracy in Jonesville. New York: Harper and Row.
  • 1959  The living and the dead: A study of the symbolic life of Americans. Yankee City series vol. V.. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • 1941  The social life of a modern community. Yankee City series, vol. I.. New Haven: Yale University Press.

recommended: (from the same era)

  • Fisher, John, and Ann Fisher, 1963 The New Englanders of Orchard Town. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Lynd, Robert, and Helen Lynd 1956 [1929]  Middletown: A study in modern American culture. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World.
  • Hollingshead, A. B.

    1949  Elmtown's Youth: The Impact of Social Class on Adolescents. New York: John Wiley and Sons.
  • West, James 1945  Plainville, U.S.A.. New York: Columbia University Press.

2/10 -- Local politics: new questions about units of analysis

Vidich, Arthur, and Joseph Bensman.   Small Town in Mass Society: Class, Power and Religion in a Rural Community. Second Edition.. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1968 [1958]


  • Burgess, Ernest1926  The urban community. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Park, Robert, Ernest Burgess, and Roderick McKenzie, eds. 1925   The city. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

2/17 -- The end of the 'community study'?

Suttles, Gerald   The social construction of communities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1972


  • Arensberg, Conrad, and Solon Kimball, 1965 Culture and community. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.

III - Race, class, and ethnicity

2/24 -- A classic statement about the social organization of the 'races' in the United States

Dollard, John.   Caste and class in a Southern town. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. 1957 [1937]

(presented by Beau Bettinger)


  • Drake, St. Clair, and Horace Cayton, 1945 Black metropolis. In two volumes.. New York: Harper & Row.

3/3 -- The critical issues

Dumont, Louis.   "Caste, Racism and 'Stratification'." Tr. by M. Sainsbury. Rev. ed.. In his Homo hierarchicus. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1980 [1961]

Myrdal, Gunnar   An American dilemma: The Negro problem and modern democracy. In two volumes. New York: Harper and Row. 1944 (Chapters 1 to 3, [45])

(presented by Michael Scroggins)


3/10 -- Another take

Hannerz, Ulf. 1969  Soulside: Inquiries into ghetto culture and community. New York: Columbia University Press. 1969

(presented by Sarah Wessler)


  • Hendricks, Glenn, 1974 Dominican diaspora. New York: Teachers College Press.


3/24 -- Some implications of racialization: discourse and mobility

Harrington, Charles   Paths to success: Beating the odds in American Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1997

Pollock, Mica   Colormute: Talk dilemmas in an American school. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 2004

(presented by Beau Bettinger)


  • Gibson, Margaret, 1998 Accomodation without assimilation. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • Ogbu, John   Minority education and caste: The American system in cross-cultural perspective. New York: Academic Press. 1978

3/31 -- Psychological consequences

O'Nell, Theresa Deleane.   Disciplined Hearts: History, Identity, and Depression in an American Indian Community. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1996

(presented by Yookyung Bang)


  • Henry, Jules  Culture against man. New York: Random House. 1963

IV - Issues: America?

4/7 -- The law in local settings

Greenhouse, Carol, Barbara Yngvesson, and David Engel. 1994  Law and community in three American towns. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

(presented by Juliette de Wolfe)


4/14 -- The issue, in its classic discursive representation

Bellah, Robert, et al.   Habits of the heart: Individualism and Commitment in American life. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1985

(presented by Michael Scroggins)


4/21 -- The issue, more technically (in the anthropology of the moment)

Varenne, Hervé   Symbolizing America. Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska Press. 1986

(presented by Sarah Wessler)


4/28 -- Implications: the difficult consequences of a cultural fact

Ginsburg, Faye   Contested lives: The abortion debate in an American community. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1989

(presented by Juliette de Wolfe)


  • Caudill, William, 1958  The Psychiatric Hospital As a Small Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Garfinkel, Harold. "Passing and the managed achievement of sex status in an 'intersexed' person" Studies in ethnomethodology Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. 1967
  • Parsons, Talcott, 1959  "The school class as social system: Some of its functions in American society." Harvard Educational Review 29: 297-318.
  • Parsons, Talcott, 1951  "Social structure and dynamic process: The case of modern medical practice." The social system. New York: The Free Press.
  • Rapp, Rayna  Testing women, testing the fetus: The social impact of amniocentesis in America. New York: Routledge. 1999
  • Varenne, Hervé, and Ray McDermott Successful failure. Boulder, CO: Westview. 1998
  • Weston, Kath  Families we choose: Lesbians, gays, kinship. New York: Columbia University Press. 1991

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