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This article examines public aid among strangers in public places—that is, instances of helping behavior among the unacquainted that are the right of citizens to expect and the duty of citizens to provide. Structurally, public aid encounters involve acts of petitioning and acts of granting; the...
Extending a recent emerging interest in ethnographies as written texts, this article explores some practices employed by classical sociological ethnographers to establish the adequacy of their written descriptive accounts. These practices rely on a number of different strategies for telling how...
Contemporary Americans feel differently about cities. Although many Americans are antiurban, some love cities, and still others are ambivalent. Such varied sentiment is best understood in terms of a variety of popular perspectives on cities, collective interpretations of urban life that are the...
This article describes the record-keeping practices of two suburban police departments. It is argued that the projected organizational career and anticipated use of a record shapes its form and content in significant ways. Police officers orient, as record keepers, to the prospective uses and...
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