Louis Wirth Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Salerno, Roger A. "Works about Wirth." In Louis Wirth: A Bio-Bibliography, pp. 108-30. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1987.

An extensive annotated list of writings about Wirth, including reference books; theses and dissertations; books, journals, periodicals, and papers; criticisms and analyses; and book reviews.


Christensen, James A. "Urbanism and Community Sentiment: Extending Wirth's Model." Social Science Quarterly 60, No. 3 (December 1979): 387-400.

Applies Wirth's urban model to a study of mostly rural communities in 100 counties of North Carolina.

Fischer, Claude S. "Toward a Subcultural Theory of Urbanism." American Journal of Sociology 80, No. 6 (May 1975): 1319-41.

Presents a model of urban life which takes into account both Wirth's views on "the pervasive 'unconventionality' (deviance, invention, etc.) of urban life" and critiques his reliance on "ecological factors."

Guterman, Stanley S. "In Defense of Wirth's 'Urbanism as a Way of Life'." American Journal of Sociology 74, No. 5 (March 1969): 492-99.

Examines criticisms regarding Wirth's essay "Urbanism as a Way of Life," and in turn offers a critique of these appraisals.

Review of The Ghetto, by Wirth and The Chosen People: A Short History of the Jews in Europe, by Jerome and Jean Tharaud. Times Literary Supplement, No. 1419 (11 April 1929): 285.

Compares Wirth's "careful and lucid book" with the Tharauds' "more superficial and rather wilful affair."