110 Livingston Street
Politics and Bureaucracy in the New York City School System
By David Rogers
David Rogers uses competing sociological models of mass society to analyze the New York City school system, which he describes as a “sick bureaucracy.” In his new prologue, the author discusses the divisive school decentralization crisis of the late 1960s and early 1970s as well as efforts by subsequent mayors to reform the system, including recent changes implemented by the Bloomberg administration. Originally published by Random House in 1968.
Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition
Introduction: The New York City School Struggle
1. The Failure of Desegregation: A Brief History
2. Demographic and Housing Patterns
3. The Neighborhood School Movement
4. Civil Rights Organizations
5. The White Liberals
6. The Moderates
7. The Board and Its Top Decision Makers
8. The Professional Bureaucracy
9. Administrative Controls
10. Community Relations
11. Decision Making, Administrative Styles, and Crisis Management
12. The Board of Education and New York City Government
13. Alternative Reform Strategies and Public School Systems
'[A] thorough and important study of the immovable bureaucratic system which is threatening to destroy New York’s children.'
(Christian Science Monitor)
'Rogers captures the true impotence of those who try to open a system which protects itself by drifting from crisis to crisis.'
(New York Magazine)
'[A] book without heroes. . . . Even the best and most civic-minded actors in this tragedy are quickly absorbed by the school machine.' (New York Times Book Review)
David Rogers, Stern School of Business and New York University, New York.
New Titles List
EWP Foundations of Sociology
- 110 Livingston Street - Politics and Bureaucracy in the New York City School System
- Culture, Control and Commitment - A Study of Work Organization and Work Attitudes in the United States and Japan
- Deviance and Identity
- Education and Jobs - The Great Training Robbery
- On What Is Learned in School
- The Social Control of Mental Illness