The Taming of New York's Washington Square
A Wild Civility
"Based on direct and perceptive observations, Erich gives us a complete, comparative and comprehensive view of what is going on in WSP. Very wisely, he contextualizes this view in more general perspectives – of NYC, the U.S.A and relevant sociological perceptions. Consequently, readers are taken not only to a fascinating social tour of the park, but also absorb outstanding exposes of looking at WSP from different, relevant and insightful angles. This provides an absolutely engaging, pleasurable and a wonderfully positive reading and learning experience. This is a breathtaking text that people will love to read and enjoy. It is both descriptive and analytical, suggesting many insights and most of all, makes one think."
—Nachman Ben-Yehuda , Co-author of Fraud and Misconduct in Research
"With knowing mind and perceptive eye, this veteran sociologist unlocks the hyper-civility of Washington Square—often held as archetype for social richness in a public place. Goode displays how democratic values and complex accommodation can live through daily interaction—in quarrels and kindness, decencies and, yes, some disrespect. It is, in ways we learn, the blemished agora of hybrid greatness."
—Harvey Molotch, Author of Against Security
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