Notes: Street Corner Society

Notes: Street Corner Society

It followed Doc and his leadership and his eventual fall from power which, in the end, led to the dissolution of Doc’s gang due to a lack of leadership.
Quickly summarize the first chapter of the book.
Bowling was a reflection on one’s status in the group. High ranking guys like Doc and Long John, would consistently beat those considered of lower rank than them.
How was bowling important with the Cornerville boys/the Nortons
Despite having much money, he would be considered the voice of reason and spent money helping those lesser than him.
How was Doc affected by his status as a leader?
His time with unemployment lessened his ability to expand his sphere of social activity, eventually causing him to lose confidence and causing his fall from leadership (pg. 40).
How was Doc affected by the Depression?
Chick’s leadership was plagued with patronizing behavior and the use of ascribed status to uphold order, causing an alienation of support (pg 67)
Chick alienated Tom Scala by dismissing his expression for his love for archaic and rare words (pg 68)
The lack of success Chick’s club had led him to propose his resignation, which oddly enough nobody acted upon (pg 73.)
The election for the new club president depicted one thing. One’s achieved status would give him advantages over those who have lower statuses. Its seen in the election between Art Testa, a cornerboy, and Tony Cardio, a college boy.
Because Chick used the Italian Community club as a vehicle for social advancement rather than building up ties necessary for an informal organization, the club had a very unstable existence, eventually leading to its dissolution.
Doc and Chick’s differences lie predominantly in their differing opinions on the importance of self-interest versus selflessness.
Many times, policemen would be susceptible to bribes from Racketeering/gambling groups. This is so that these groups can avoid raids. However, therein lies a line between 100% law enforcement, and corruption. In order to maintain order, the police must regulate the racketeering in order to lower the probability of violence erupting from competition.
Concerning Cornerville S and A, in the end, Carlo was the interpersonal leader while Tony was the political leader.
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