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Ethnic differences [electronic resource] : schooling and social structure among the Irish, Italians, Jews, and Blacks in an American city, 1880-1935 /
Joel Perlmann.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
description
xi, 327 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
052135093X
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
isbn
052135093X
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
8361401
 
Bibliography: p. 253-320.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-06:
The study of American ethnic differences has been firmly established by, among others, Stephen Steinberg (The Ethnic Myth, CH, Sep '81), Thomas J. Archdeacon (Becoming American, CH, Oct '83), and Donna R. Gabaccia (From Sicily to Elizabeth Street, CH, Jul '84); Perlmann's monograph is a worthy addition to the genre, and it delineates "dramatic differences in the school achievements of American ethnic groups." Perlmann's focus is on the years 1880-1935, dates arbitrarily chosen (a change of a decade on either side would matter little), and his study assesses the variations in economic success and educational patterns (i.e., attainments) of a Providence, Rhode Island, sample of some 12,000 blacks, Irish, Italians, Jews, and nonimmigrants. As such, the monograph is a multifaceted study presenting an integrated analysis of American ethnicity, education, and social structure. Basic to the study is Perlmann's research design presented in an exhaustive appendix ("The Research Design, the Data Collection and the Use of Regression Analyses"), an admirable model of research methdology. Perlmann's conclusions are not unanticipated and are cogently distilled in his caution: "One generalization will not serve to describe or explain the ethnic differences found in American social history. . . .Neither culture nor discrimination nor class origins in the American city can alone provide a credible summary." An important acquisition for social sciences faculty and graduate students. -F. Cordasco, Montclair State College
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"...a most remarkable book. Perlmann's analysis of ethnic differences in education is amazingly rich. He brings much new evidence to bear on debates about the importance of culture and class in America, and he treats the issues with great intelligence. This book will be essential for anyone concerned with the interplay of race, class, and culture in American society, and in the schools." David Cohen, Michigan State University
"...an exceptionally fine analysis of ethnic, racial, and religious group differences in schooling and occupational attainment." Calvin Goldscheider, SHOFAR
"His excellent analysis represents a major contribution--not only to ethnic and educational history, but also to our current policy debates on this issue." Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester
"Joel Perlmann, demonstrating the measured analytic skills of a statistician and the judicious sensibility of an historian, has produced an exceptional comparative study of schooling and work experiences among Providence, Rhode Island's Irish, Italians, Jews and blacks in the period 1880-1935." Julia Niebuhr Eulenberg, University of Washington, in the Journal of American Ethnic History
'Joel Permann's excellent analysis represents a major contribution, not only to ethnic and educational history, but also to our current policy debates on these issues.' Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester
'Joel Permann's excellent analysis represents a major contribution, not only to ethnic and educational history, but also to our current policy debates on these issues.'Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester
‘Joel Permann’s excellent analysis represents a major contribution, not only to ethnic and educational history, but also to our current policy debates on these issues.’Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester
"Perlmann has produced an extremely rich analysis of the similarities and differences of ethnic groups in turn-of-the-century Providence." John Borsos, Indiana University, in The Maryland Historian
'This book will be essential for anyone concerned with the interplay of race, class, and culture in American society, and in the schools.' David Cohen, Michigan State University
'This book will be essential for anyone concerned with the interplay of race, class, and culture in American society, and in the schools.'David Cohen, Michigan State University
‘This book will be essential for anyone concerned with the interplay of race, class, and culture in American society, and in the schools.’David Cohen, Michigan State University
'This is a superb book that will have a major impact on the historical profession. perlmann examines ethnicity in a way that no other historian has attempted to do. Using unusually rich and detailed data on schooling in Providence, Rhode Island, he explores the relationship between ethnicity and other factors, such as social class, in accounting for differences in education and occupational attainment. While the book is based upon sophisticated statistical analyses, the results are clearly presented in a fashion that makes them accessible to nonspecialists.' Maris Vinovskis, University of Michigan
'This is a superb book that will have a major impact on the historical profession. perlmann examines ethnicity in a way that no other historian has attempted to do. Using unusually rich and detailed data on schooling in Providence, Rhode Island, he explores the relationship between ethnicity and other factors, such as social class, in accounting for differences in education and occupational attainment. While the book is based upon sophisticated statistical analyses, the results are clearly presented in a fashion that makes them accessible to nonspecialists.'Maris Vinovskis, University of Michigan
‘This is a superb book that will have a major impact on the historical profession. perlmann examines ethnicity in a way that no other historian has attempted to do. Using unusually rich and detailed data on schooling in Providence, Rhode Island, he explores the relationship between ethnicity and other factors, such as social class, in accounting for differences in education and occupational attainment. While the book is based upon sophisticated statistical analyses, the results are clearly presented in a fashion that makes them accessible to nonspecialists.’Maris Vinovskis, University of Michigan
"This masterful work of quantitative analysis is important reading for anyone interested in the persistent debates about the roles of structure and culture in the analysis of causality and about the benefits and limitations of quantification itself. Perlmann's book is certain to be read and debated in these two, methodological and conceptual, contexts. It certainly sets high standards for systematic inquiry in historical social analysis." David A. Gerber, SUNY-Buffalo, in Journal of Social History
"While the book is based upon sophisticated statistical analyes, the results are clearly represented in a fashion tha makes them accessible to nonspecialists." Maris Vinovskis, University of Michigan
"With meticulous and unprecedented detail, Joel Perlmann has reconstructed school attendance among adolescents in an American city during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Using sophisticated analytical techniques, he explicates the complex relations among ethnicity, class, and schooling during a period of profound transformation within America's cities and their schools. His is one of a handful of new works that, at long last, has begun to provide American secondary education with a historiography worthy of its importance." Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania
'With meticulous and unprecedented detail, Joe Perlmann has reconstructed school attendance among adolescents in an American city during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His is one of a handful of new works that, at long last, has begun to provide American secondary education with a historiography worthy of its importance.' Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania
'With meticulous and unprecedented detail, Joe Perlmann has reconstructed school attendance among adolescents in an American city during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His is one of a handful of new works that, at long last, has begun to provide American secondary education with a historiography worthy of its importance.'Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania
‘With meticulous and unprecedented detail, Joe Perlmann has reconstructed school attendance among adolescents in an American city during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His is one of a handful of new works that, at long last, has begun to provide American secondary education with a historiography worthy of its importance.’Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania
"With this ground-breaking study Joel Perlmann plunges into the debate over the relative importance of 'culture' versus 'class' in explaining historical differences in the pattern and rate of mobility among racial and ethnic minorities. Thanks to a prodigious research effort, he brings new and compelling evidence to this issue." Stephen Steinberg, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY, in the American Journal of Sociology
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Summaries
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A sample of nearly 12,000 Irish, Italians, Jews, Blacks, and non-immigrants from Providence, Rhode Island provides the material for assessment of variations in educational patterns and economic success.
Description for Bookstore
Ethnic Differences explores how and why the Irish, Italians, Jews, and blacks of Providence, Rhode Island differed in their schooling and economic success. The book offers an integrated study of American ethnicity, education, and social structure.
Description for Bookstore
Ethnic Differences, first published in 1989, explores how and why the Irish, Italians, Jews, and blacks of Providence, Rhode Island differed in their schooling and economic success. The book offers an integrated study of American ethnicity, education, and social structure.
Description for Library
Ethnic Differences explores how and why the Irish, Italians, Jews, and blacks of Providence, Rhode Island differed in their schooling and economic success. Drawing on new evidence from thousands of students recors of public, Catholic, and private schools, as well as on census manuscripts, city directories, and other sources, the book offers an integrated study of American ethnicity, education, and social structure. Joel Perlmann examines the extent to which differing career patterns, and reconsiders the relation between ethnicity and social class.
Main Description
Ethnic Differences, first published in 1989, explores how and why the Irish, Italians, Jews, and blacks of Providence, Rhode Island differed in their schooling and economic success. Drawing on evidence from thousands of students records of public, Catholic, and private schools, as well as on census manuscripts, city directories, and other sources, the book offers an integrated study of American ethnicity, education, and social structure. Joel Perlmann examines the extent to which differing career patterns, and reconsiders the relation between ethnicity and social class.

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