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Perceived Sources of Neighborhood Disorder

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226775005.003.0004
Perceived Sources of Neighborhood Disorder

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This chapter outlines perceived sources of neighborhood disorder from the different perspectives of offenders and law-abiding residents in the research site. Pictures are used to contextualize the quotations from interviews conducted in the field. The chapter lays the foundation for the three ethnographic chapters that follow it, in which offenders reveal intimate details associated with committing crimes such as drug dealing, robbery, and battery, the rationale being that understanding the perceived sources of neighborhood disorder is an important precursor to understanding how offenders interpret neighborhood disorder with regard to undertaking their criminal activities.

Keywords: perceived sources; neighborhood disorder; offenders; law-abiding residents; crime

Chapter.  5199 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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