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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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“That's the Way We Grew Up”

“That's the Way We Grew Up”

The Battery Hotspots

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Pockets of Crime

Peter K. B. St. Jean

University of Chicago Press

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

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