For more than 60 years, Times Square has reigned as one of New York's premiere tourist attractions. In recent years, an average of 20 million people visit New York City, and Times Square is a sight most do not miss. The reason for this is that Times Square holds something for everyone: theaters, restaurants, entertainment, and a transportation center that brings almost 400,000 people into the city every day. For a sociologist interested in studying crime and the ways in which deviant networks and communities emerge, Times Square offers numerous opportunities. Because large segments of these groups pride themselves on anonymity, many researchers employ ethnographic research methods. The articles in this manuscript focus on the various aspects of Time Square using the ethnographic approach. The topics include the sex trade, drugs and drug dealing, recent redevelopment efforts, the social ecology of Times Square, and a discussion of police operations in this marketplace.
About the Author:
ROBERT P. MCNAMARA is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Furman University. He is the author of The Times Square Hustler: Male Prostitution in New York City (Praeger, 1994), Crime Displacement: The Other Side of PreventionThe Urban Landscape: Selected Readings with Kristy McNamara (1995), Managing A Deviant Status: Field Research and the Labeling Perspective with Deanna Ramey and Linda Henry (1995), Sex, Drugs, and HIV (forthcoming), and Police and Policing with Dennis Kenney (forthcoming). He has been a consultant for state, federal, and private agencies on topics such as AIDS, drug abuse, policing, and gang violence.