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Citizens, Cops, and PowerRecognizing the Limits of Community$
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Steve Herbert

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226327303

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226327358.001.0001

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The Political Status of Community

The Political Status of Community

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(p.39) {Chapter Two} The Political Status of Community
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Citizens, Cops, and Power
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Steve Herbert

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226327358.003.0003

This chapter explores the political capacity of community in greater depth. It reviews the four factors the residents cited most frequently to explain the political lightness of community: individualism, heterogeneity, transience, and fear. The analysis reveals that the constraints on communal efficacy fall more heavily on poorer neighborhoods indicating that efforts to devolve power to local communities might reinforce existing class-based differences.

Keywords:   community, political capacity, political lightness, individualism, heterogeneity, transience, fear, communal efficacy, poorer neighborhoods, class-based differences

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