***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** This is my note to the ASA community/urban section. I do want to emphasize on this list that Chuck Tilly's work was always suffused with network ideas, both community and historical analyses. Barry Wellman _______________________________________________________________________ S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director Department of Sociology University of Toronto 725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388 Toronto Canada M5S 2J4 http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman fax:+1-416-978-3963 Updating history: http://chass.utoronto.ca/oldnew/cybertimes.php Elvis wouldn't be singing "Return to Sender" these days **** PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS AND FAX NUMBER **** _______________________________________________________________________ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 10:03:08 -0400 From: Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]> To: asa com&urb section e-list <[log in to unmask]> Subject: Charles Tilly, the urbanist As many of you have heard, Charles Tilly, my mentor, died April 29, after a long battle with lymphoma (and chemo side-effects). I was fortunate enough to see and say good-bye to him a few weeks early when I did my "Back to the Bronx" lecture at Lehman College. (And please note that the Bronx IS back). Most obits of Chuck will justifiably focus on his work at the intersection of sociology and history. However, Chuck was a fine urban sociologist. His interest was most explicit at the start of his career, when he was the Joint Center for Urban Studies (of Harvard and MIT) and then at the University of Toronto. Not coincidentally, I first met Chuck at Harvard and followed him to Toronto, a journey I celebrate every day (except in February). I append a list of Chuck's explicitly urban/community articles at the bottom of this note. And I daresay that the historical stuff is always suffused with a deep understanding of how cities and communities operate -- in social network terms. ---- I want to tell some brief Chuck stories. 1. Chuck explicitly started me off on the East York studies by getting Toronto to hire me in 1967 to be co-PI of the first EY survey. His ideas permeated the research -- see his "Community: City: Urbanization" piece in _An Urban World_ for example. His work was seminal for the network conception of community that I have taken and run with. In many ways, I have just been filling in his 1970 research agenda. 2. Working next door to Chuck at Toronto, I had to learn early not to compete with him. He would, and always would, work more days/hours than me and write more papers and books. (some note yesterday claimed 51 books written/edited; 600 articles). 3. I also learned that I couldn't compete in many other ways, even though I had been a TV quiz show star a few years earlier. For example, Bev/I went to a jazz concert with Chuck/Louise. "Really nice playing," I said. "His left hand is not as strong as his right," Chuck replied. 4. Besides his writing, I could always count on walking into Chuck's office with some inchoate idea, watch him process for a few minutes, and then have him say: "What I think you mean are 1. .... 2. ...... 3 ...., etc." Out would come a fully-formed analysis. 5. Chuck once did me a big favor. I forget what now, but I did say, "How can I thank you?" His reply has become a guiding principle: "Don't thank me, but pass it on to your students." 6. My last visit with Chuck was a few weeks ago, just before he moved from hospital to hospice. He was mostly asleep, but when Bev/I said "Hi Chuck", he roused to reply (with expressive arm motion), "It's a complex situation", and then feel back asleep. Analytic and complexity-driven to the end! ------------------- Here is the final paragraphs of my recent review of Chuck's compendium of essays [Identities, Boundaries and Social Ties] in the American Journal of Sociology (2/08). I wrote it in 2007, and didn't think of it as an obit (Chuck was going strong then altho battling cancer), but it will have to stand. //Tilly always has been generous with where he has put things - specialized journals, book chapters, invited lectures - so this compilation of essays, originally written between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s, allows many ideas to reach wider audiences. Tilly steals from himself: he confesses to "self-plagiarism" in the second paragraph of the book. But as choreographer Martha Graham once said, "We all steal ideas, dear, but in the end we are judged on who we stole them from and what we did with them" (quoted in John Fraser, "The Essence of Courage," Toronto Globe and Mail, February 23, 1981: A8). In this collection, you can see Tilly continuously revising his work using his "Invisible Elbow" approach to forging a scholarly path (Sociological Forum 11 : 589-601). For nearly fifty years, Tilly has always been a step ahead. Young and old, Tilly finishes what he starts: the preface tells of his driving hundreds of miles through blizzards to give a talk at Cornell in 1995, far above Cayuga's icy waters. Like Two Buck Chuck, this book is great value and of mixed vintage, even if you must get it from Amazon rather than Trader Joe's. /end review -------------------- Some Explicitly Urban/Community Readings Tilly, Charles. 1967. "Anthropology on the Town." Habitat 10 (1): 20-25. Tilly, Charles and C. Harold Brown. 1967. "On Uprooting, Kinship, and the Auspices of Migration." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 8: 139-64. Tilly, C. 1967. "Translation of Major Variables in Community Structure into Network Terms." October. Tilly, Charles. 1969. "Community City: Urbanization." Working Paper. University of Toronto: Department of Sociology. Tilly, Charles. 1970. "Community: City: Urbanization." Working Paper. Ann Arbor: Department of Sociology, University of Michigan. Tilly, Charles. 1973. "Do Communities Act?" Sociological Inquiry 43: 209-40. Tilly, Charles. 1974. "The Chaos of the Living City." Pp. 86-107 in An Urban World, edited by Charles Tilly. Boston: Little, Brown. Tilly, Charles (ed.). 1974. An Urban World. Boston: Little Brown. Barry Wellman _______________________________________________________________________ S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director Department of Sociology University of Toronto 725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388 Toronto Canada M5S 2J4 http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman fax:+1-416-978-3963 Updating history: http://chass.utoronto.ca/oldnew/cybertimes.php Elvis wouldn't be singing "Return to Sender" these days **** PLEASE NOTE NEW ADDRESS AND FAX NUMBER **** _______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). 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