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- DescriptionWhat can neighborhood baseball tell us about class and gender cultures, urban change, and the ways that communities value public space? Through a close exploration of a boys' baseball league in a gentrifying neighborhood of Philadelphia, sociologist Sherri Grasmuck reveals the accommodations and tensions that characterize multicultural encounters in contemporary American public life. Based on years of ethgraphic observation and interviews with children, parents, and coaches, Protecting Home offers an analysis of the factors that account for racial accommodation in a space that was previously kwn for racial conflict and exclusion. Grasmuck argues that the institutional arrangements and social characteristics of children's baseball create a cooperative environment for the negotiation of social, cultural, and class differences. Chapters explore coaching styles, parental involvement, institutional politics, parent-child relations, and children's experiences. Grasmuck identifies differences in the ways that the mostly white, working-class old-timers and the racially diverse, professional newcomers relate to the neighborhood. These distinctions reflect a competing sense of cultural values related to individual responsibility toward public space, group solidarity, appropriate masculine identities, and how best to promote children's interests - a contrast between hierarchical communalism and child-centered individualism. Through an invative combination of narrative approaches, this book succeeds both in capturing the immediacy of boys' interaction at the playing field and in contributing to sophisticated theoretical debates in urban studies, the sociology of childhood, and masculinity studies.
- Author BiographySherri Grasmuck is a professor of sociology at Temple University. She is the coauthor of Between Two Islands: Dominican International Migration. Janet Goldwater is a photographer and documentary filmmaker. She coproduced the award-winning PBS broadcasts Maggie Growls, Landowska, and Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortion.
- Author(s)Sherri Grasmuck
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication31/05/2005
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note29 photographs, 1 map
- Weight485 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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