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Urban Violence in the United States and France: Comparing Los Angeles (1992) and Paris (2005)

Sophie Body-Gendrot and H. V. Savitch

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195367867.013.0025

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Urban Violence in the United States and France: Comparing Los Angeles (1992) and Paris (2005)

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This article compares urban violence in the United States and France, particularly the 1992 collective violence in California and the riots of 2005 in Paris. It investigates the basis of these disorders, and examines whether they can be explained as the major product of economic disadvantage and social prejudice of the so-called deprivation theory. The article also identifies policy steps that can be taken to ensure public safety when the complexity of political/bureaucratic conditions results in urban violence.

Keywords: urban violence; United States; France; collective violence; California; riots; Paris; economic disadvantage; social prejudice; deprivation theory

Article.  8497 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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