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Pockets of Crime: Broken Windows, Collective Efficacy, and the Criminal Point of View

Peter K. C. St. Jean


Why, even in the same high-crime neighborhoods, do robbery, drug dealing, and assault occur much more frequently on some blocks than on others? One popular theory is that a weak sense of community among neighbors can create conditions more hospitable for criminals, and another proposes that neighborhood disorder—such as broken windows and boarded-up buildings—makes crime more likely. But this study argues that we cannot fully understand the impact of these factors without considering that, because urban space is unevenly developed, different kinds of crimes occur most often in locations that o ... More

Keywords: high-crime neighborhoods, robbery, drug dealing, assault, community, neighbors, criminals, neighborhood disorder, crime, urban space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226774985
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226775005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter K. C. St. Jean, author