The taming of New York's Washington Square : a wild civility / Erich Goode.
- New York : New York University Press, 
xiii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Washington Square (New York, N.Y.).
City and town life -- New York (State) -- New York.
Social control -- New York (State) -- New York City.
Deviant behavior -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 21st century.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
City and town life.
Manners and customs.
New York (State) -- New York.
New York (State) -- New York -- Washington Square.
- "With rich and detailed observations as well as in-depth interviews, Goode demonstrates how onlookers, bystanders, and witnesses--both denizens and your average casual park visitor--provide an effective system of social control, keeping more serious wrongdoing in check. Goode also profiles the parks visitors, showing us that the park is a major draw to residents and tourists alike. Visitors come from all over; only a quarter of the park's visitors live in the neighborhood (the Village and SoHo), one out of ten are tourists, and one out of six are from upper Manhattan or the Bronx. Goode looks at the patterns of who visits the park, when they come, and, once in the park, where they go. Regardless of where they live, Goode argues, all of the Park's visitors help keep the park safe and lively."--Provided by publisher.
- The people in the square
Sex and gender in public
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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