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“That's the Way We Grew Up”

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/9780226775005.003.0007
“That's the Way We Grew Up”

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Throughout the ethnographic component of this research, considerable effort was made to understand why batteries occur more frequently on some blocks than on others, and what roles physical disorder, social disorder, and collective efficacy variables play in the process. This chapter shows that batteries often result from what offenders, residents, and police officers refer to as “stupid and petty stuff,” “over nothing,” or “just to do something.” Batteries are most common under conditions of intensified interaction, when disagreements are met with desires to dominate by inflicting bodily harm to prove a point, one which is often related to gaining respect in one form or another.

Keywords: disagreements; bodily harm; domestic batteries

Chapter.  13296 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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