Introduction and Overview

Peter K. B. St. Jean

in Pockets of Crime

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780226774985
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226775005 | DOI:
Introduction and Overview

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of two popular and competing theories proposed to explain the causes and consequences of neighborhood crime: the first widely known as broken windows, and the second as collective efficacy. It then sets out the purpose of this book, which is to evaluate the claims and assumptions of broken windows and collective efficacy theories through five years of intensive neighborhood research within Wentworth, a police district on the south side of Chicago, Illinois that has historically been among the highest violent and predatory crime areas of the city. The discussions then turn to Chicago's history of crime and recent efforts to combat it; the research site; data gathering methods; and findings and strategies. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: broken windows theory; collective efficacy theory; neighborhood crime; Wentworth; Chicago

Chapter.  11358 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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