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Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect by Robert J. Sampson

Published By: Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 978-0-226-73456-9, cloth; 978-0-226-05568-8, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2012


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Reviewed by: Daniel Hartley of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.52.1.211.r19
Review Pages: 245-46

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Daniel Hartley of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland reviews, "Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect" by Robert J. Sampson. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Explores how the mechanisms of social causality are profoundly shaped by the spatial logic of urban and neighborhood life rather than being shaped solely by independent self-maximizing individuals, with a special focus on the city of Chicago. Discusses being placed; neighborhood effects-the evolution of an idea; an analytic approach; the making of the Chicago Project; legacies of inequality; 'broken windows' and the meanings of disorder; the theory of collective efficacy; civic society and the organizational imperative; social altruism, cynicism, and the 'good community'; spatial logic-or why neighbors of neighborhoods matter; trading places-experiments and neighborhood effects in a social world; individual selection as a social process; network mechanisms of interneighborhood migration; leadership and the higher-order structure of elite connections; neighborhood effects and a theory of context; aftermath-Chicago 2010; and the twenty-first-century Gold Coast and slum. Sampson is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University."


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JEL Classifications

R11: Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
R23: Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics: Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population; Neighborhood Characteristics
R58: Regional Development Policy
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology


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