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The charity leader network in 1900 New York

Bourgeois New York and charitable action in the Progressive Year

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

Bourgeois New York and charitable action in the Progressive Years:
Mapping the charity world as described
by the New York Charities Directory

April 19, 2016
12:30 pm – 02:00 pm

(Conference Room, Second Floor)
4 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003

Christian Topalov

What did « charity » mean in 1900 New York City ? The New York Charities Directory compiled by the Charity Organization Society gives quite a practical answer by enumerating some 1000 charities pursuing a wide variety of causes, and 2500 persons who would run them. Approaching such a vast and complex world is not an easy task. I have tried to face it by using a combination of micro and macro-sociological techniques. Network analysis allows to draw a global map of the charitable world and its various inteconnected regions, and multiple component analysis help relate positions of individuals in that world with some of their social, economic and status features. Positions in the network point out some 200 individuals who were pecularly relevant because they controlled or connected various portions of it. This procedure brings forth some famous philanthropists, but more often much less known characters on wich biographical monographs can shed some light. The overall picture of New York charity and its leaders that emerges from such an inquiry is rather unexpected.

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