Kinship, Friendship, and Support

Ida Susser

in Norman Street

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367317
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951192 | DOI:
Kinship, Friendship, and Support

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In order to meet various social and economic demands, households in Greenpoint–Williamsburg developed a high degree of cooperation. This has allowed them to deal flexibly with the fluctuations of employment and unemployment, changes in the welfare system, the variable support that may be gained from federal agencies, and rising rents and food prices. To demonstrate the extent of cooperation between households on Norman Street, the chapter examines three households of the Brock–Sanchez family and one unrelated household which formed part of the same support network. This network included three other households—those of Elizabeth Brock, Arlene Brock, and Sharon Bianco—which are also discussed as they interact with the four previously mentioned households. Since Mary Sanchez played a major role in the success of activities on the Norman Street block, her household and its support network also illustrate how the networks aided the development of collective activity.

Keywords: Greenpoint–Williamsburg; cooperation; households; neighborhood; support networks; collective action

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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