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Soulside: Inquiries into Ghetto Culture and Community

reviewed by Charles Harrington 1971

coverTitle: Soulside: Inquiries into Ghetto Culture and Community
Author(s): Ulf Hannerz
Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 236, Year: 1969
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Ulf Hannerz has added another ethnography of an urban black slum to the literature of anthropology. These new ethnographies will be essential reading for educators. Using the tools of the anthropologist, Hannerz describes life in the ghetto. His particular interest is given to the development of male role behavior, a subject which also concerned Eliot Liebow in Tally's Corner. In fact, in one way or another, much of the anthropological literature about the urban black ghetto, with the notable exception of Oscar Lewis, has centered on male-role behavior, either of teenagers (Walter Miller, for example) or adults. Discussion of male role learning raises one of those classic and recurring questions for anthropologists who study complex societies. The dispute rages among the following three positions: Male behavior in a black ghetto is a deviant -form of normal "mainstream" male role behavior. Black ghetto males are more aggressive and sexual because they are protesting their masculinity in terms defined as masculine by white, middle-class people. That they overdo their behavior... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 3, 1971, p. 471-473
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1703, Date Accessed: 10/23/2018 4:32:48 AM

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