Does Duneier enact imitable methods? His practical activities--taking notes, writing, deciding among figures and arrangements--are obscured, and instead, Duneier reflects on the ethics of naming and anonymity in human-subjects research, complications involving trust and racial and economic difference, and the camera and tape recorder as an intrusive technologies. Most useful to me among Duneier's strategies in presenting the research (the writing that's not method?) are his honesty about difficulties (his humility and candor fill with an appealing manner; nice to see thread of modesty throughout), the resemblance of this ethnography to networks and systems (I'd call this a systems view of the sidewalk), and the sleight of reference grounding each of the chapters to persistent themes and scholarship.
Duneier has covered boulders and a cave mouth at Lizard’s Mouth.
An exceptional ethnography marked by clarity and candor, takes us into the socio-cultural environment of those who, though often seen as threatening or unseemly, work day after day on "the blocks" of one of New York's most diverse neighborhoods. Sociologist Duneier, author of , offers an accessible and compelling group portrait of several poor black men who make their livelihoods on the sidewalks of Greenwich Village selling secondhand goods, panhandling, and scavenging books and magazines.
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“Duneier must be one of the outstanding ethnographers of our time: he renders visible what typically remains submerged as we take in the world at street level. This is a deep, complex, moving book that yanks you out of your own lived experiences of that world and draws you to another.” —
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Clyde Duneier, a fine jewelry business in Manhattan dating back to 1910, was facing major challenges when Jake Duneier, 24, and his cousin Danielle Duneier, 27, began to recast the business. The Duneiers struck five licensing deals, including one with "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson for a line of watches, and another with design house Badgely Mischka. In his heyday, their grandfather, Clyde Duneier - who inherited the business from his father, Max - was a jeweler to the stars, supplying gems to Liza Minelli and Yankees team members.Duneier spent five years with these individuals, and in he argues that, contrary to the opinion of various city officials, they actually contribute significantly to the order and well-being of the Village. An important study of the heart and mind of the street, also features an insightful afterword by longtime book vendor Hakim Hasan. This fascinating study reveals today's urban life in all its complexity: its vitality, its conflicts about class and race, and its surprising opportunities for empathy among strangers.