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Pockets of CrimeBroken Windows, Collective Efficacy, and the Criminal Point of View$
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Peter K. C. St. Jean

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226774985

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226775005.001.0001

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Introduction and Overview

Introduction and Overview

(p.1) {ONE} Introduction and Overview
Pockets of Crime

Peter K. B. St. Jean

University of Chicago Press

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

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