Chicago School of Sociology

Emerging in the 1920s, the Chicago School of Sociology embraced a multi-perspective look at urban social phenomenon and communities. In his retrospective on Chicago sociology, Department and Discipline, Andrew Abbott (1999, p. 207) writes "[For the Chicago School] only the eclectic combination of ethnography, statistics, life history, and organizational history could do full justice to the multiple layers of spatial and temporal contexts for social facts."

About the Chicago School

  • Abbott, Andrew. (1999). Department and Discipline: Chicago Sociology at One Hundred. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Bulmer, Martin. (1984). The Chicago School of Sociology: Institutionalization, Diversity, and the Rise of Sociological Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Faris, R. E. (1967). Chicago School: 1920-1932. San Francisco: Chandler Publishing Company.
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  • Abbott, Andrew. (1999). Department and Discipline: Chicago Sociology at One Hundred. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Becker, Howard S. (1999). The Chicago School, so-called. Qualitative Sociology 22:3-12.
  • Bulmer, Martin. (1984). The Chicago School of Sociology: Institutionalization, Diversity, and the Rise of Sociological Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Faris, R. E. (1967). Chicago School: 1920-1932. San Francisco: Chandler Publishing Company.
  • Hunter, Albert. “The Ecology of Chicago: Persistence and Change, 1930-60.” American Journal of Sociology 77:3 (1971).
  • Kurtz, Lester R. (1984). Evaluating Chicago Sociology: A Guide to the Literature, with an Annotated Bibliography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

First Chicago School of Sociology

  • Cressey, Paul Goalby. (1932). The Taxi-Dance Hall: A Sociological Study in Commercialized Recreation and City Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Park, Robert E., Ernest Burgess, Roderic McKenzie (1925). The City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Wirth, Louis. (1938). “Urbanism as a Way of Life: The City and Contemporary Civilization”. American Journal of Sociology 44:1-24.
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  • Anderson, Nels, and Council of Social Agencies of Chicago. (1923). The Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Breckinridge, Sophonisba P. and Edith Abbott. (1912). The Delinquent Child and the Home. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Cressey, Paul Goalby. (1932). The Taxi-Dance Hall: A Sociological Study in Commercialized Recreation and City Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Frazier, Edward Franklin. (1932). The Negro Family in Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Gosnell, Harold Foote. (1937). Machine Politics: Chicago Model. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Hoyt, Homer. (1933). One Hundred Years of Land Values in Chicago. New York: Arno Press.
  • Kincheloe, Samuel C. (1938). The American City and Its Church. New York: Friendship Press.
  • McKenzie, R. D. “The Ecological Approach to the Study of the Human Community”. American Journal of Sociology 30 (1924):287-301.
  • Park, Robert E. (1915). “The City: Suggestions for the Investigation of Behavior in the City Environment”, American Journal of Sociology 20:579-83.
  • Park, Robert E., Ernest Burgess, Roderic McKenzie (1925). The City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Thomas, William Isaac & Znaniecki, Florian. (1918). The Polish Peasant in Europe and America: Monograph of an Immigrant Group. Boston: Gorham Press.
  • Thrasher, Frederick. (1927). The Gang. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Wirth, Louis. (1928). The Ghetto. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Wirth, Louis. (1938). “Urbanism as a Way of Life: The City and Contemporary Civilization”. American Journal of Sociology 44:1-24.
  • Zorbaugh, Harvey Warren. (1929). Gold Coast and Slum: A Sociological Study of Chicago’s Near North Side. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Second Chicago School of Sociology

  • Drake, St. Clair and Horace Cayton. (1945). Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City. New York: Harcourt, Brace.
  • Janowitz, Morris. (1952). The Community Press in an Urban Setting. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Rossi, Peter H. and Robert A. Dentler. (1961). The Politics of Urban Renewal: The Chicago Findings. New York: Free Press.
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  • Becker, Howard. (1963). Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance. New York: The Free Press.
  • Drake, St. Clair and Horace Cayton. (1945). Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City. New York: Harcourt, Brace.
  • Hawley, Amos H. (1943). “Ecology and Human Ecology”. Social Forces 22:398-405.
  • Hawley, Amos H. (1950). Human Ecology: A Theory of Community Structure. New York: Ronald Press.
  • Hughes, Everett C. and Helen M. Hughes. (1952). Where Peoples Meet: Racial and Ethnic Frontiers. New York: Free Press.
  • Hunter, Albert. (1974). Symbolic Communities: The Persistence and Change of Chicago’s Local Communities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Janowitz, Morris. (1952). The Community Press in an Urban Setting. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Rossi, Peter H. and Robert A. Dentler. (1961). The Politics of Urban Renewal: The Chicago Findings. New York: Free Press.
  • Suttles, Gerald D. (1968) The Social Order of the Slum: Ethnicity and Territory in the Inner City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Recent Work in the Chicago School Tradition

  • Grazian, David. (2003). Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Venkatesh, Sudhir A. (2002). American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
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  • Burawoy, Michael. (1982). Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process under Monopoly Capitalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Carr, Patrick J. (2005). Clean Streets: Controlling Crime, Maintaining Order, and Building Community Activism. New York: New York University Press.
  • Duneier, Mitchell. (1992). Slim’s Table: Race, Respectability, and Masculinity. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.
  • Grazian, David. (2003). Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Horowitz, Ruth. (1983). Honor and the American Dream: Culture and Identity in a Chicago Community. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  • Kefalas, Maria. (2003). Working-Class Heros: Protecting Home, Community, and Nation in a Chicago Neighborhood. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Klinenberg, Eric. (2002). Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Kornblum, William. (1975). Blue Collar Community. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • May, Reuben. (2001). Talking at Trena’s: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern. New York. New York University Press.
  • Pattillo, Mary. (1999). Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Pattillo, Mary. (2007). Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Rossi, Peter H. (1991). Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Taub, Richard, D. Garth Taylor, Jan D. Dunham. (1984). Paths of Neighborhood Change: Race and Crime in Urban America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Venkatesh, Sudhir A. (2002). American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Venkatesh, Sudhir A. (2008). Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Wilson, William J. (1996). When Work Disappears: The New Lives of the Urban Poor. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Wilson, William J. and Richard P. Taub. (2006). There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

 

We would like to thank Andrew Abbott (Ph.D. '82) and Mary Pattillo (Ph.D. '97) for their help with assembling this list. If you have bibliographic suggestions please email Chad Broughton.