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"Urbanism as a Way of Life"
Louis Wirth's classic description of the social and psychological effects of urbanism is organized into a model for the purpose of reviewing relevant theory and empirical research. Evidence onExpand
America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940
From the Publisher: The telephone looms large in our lives, as ever present in modern societies as cars and television. Claude Fischer presents the first social history of this vital butExpand
To Dwell among Friends: Personal Networks in Town and City.
An analysis of the influence of urban life on society compares and contrasts personal relationships in large cities with those in small towns.
Why More Americans Have No Religious Preference: Politics and Generations
The proportion of Americans who reported no religious preference doubled from 7 percent to 14 percent in the 1990s. This dramatic change may have resulted from demographic shifts, increasingExpand
Toward a Subcultural Theory of Urbanism
  • C. Fischer
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 May 1975
Wirth's (1938) theory of urban life has been eclipsed in recent years by a perspective that denies the importance of ecological factors. This view, though more accurate than Wirth's, fails to accountExpand
Distinguishing the geographic levels and social dimensions of U.S. metropolitan segregation, 1960–2000
Trends in residential segregation in the United States from 1960 to 2000 are assessed along several dimensions of race and ethnicity, class, and life cycle and a method for attributing segregation to nested geographic levels is presented. Expand
What Do We Mean by 'Friend'? An Inductive Study*
Although the concept 'friend' is critical to both theoretical and empirical studies of social relations, it is a very ambiguous term. Most researchers seem to take its meaning for granted. This paperExpand
Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth.
As debate rages over the widening and destructive gap between the rich and the rest of Americans, Claude Fischer and his colleagues present a comprehensive new treatment of inequality in America.Expand