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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

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

Steve Herbert

University of Chicago Press

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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