Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence

Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence

by Patrick Sharkey

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“Remarkable.… The story of the crime decline is about the wisdom of single steps and small sanities.… It is possible to see this as a kind of humanist miracle, a lesson about the self-organizing and, sometimes, self-healing capacities of human communities that’s as humbling, in its way, as any mystery that faith can offer.”—Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

Over the past two decades, American cities have experienced an astonishing drop in violent crime, dramatically changing urban life. Patrick Sharkey reveals the striking consequences: improved school test scores, since children are better able to learn when not traumatized by nearby violence; better chances that poor children will rise into the middle class; and a striking increase in the life expectancy of African American men. Many places once characterized by decay and abandonment are now thriving, yet pervasive inequality threatens these gains.

At a time when crime is rising again and powerful political forces seek to disinvest in cities, the insights in this book are indispensable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393609608
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 601,637
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patrick Sharkey is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at New York University. He is also scientific director of Crime Lab New York, an independent organization dedicated to applying and evaluating new methods for addressing crime, violence, and poverty.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface xi

Part I The New American City

1 The End Of The Era Of Violence 3

2 The New American City 14

3 The Transformation Of Urban Space 39

Part II The Benefits Of The Crime Decline

4 The Preservation Of Black Lives 63

5 Learning In Fear 76

6 Inequality After The Crime Decline 96

Part III The Challenge Of Violence And Urban Inequality

7 Abandonment, Punishment, And The New Compromise 115

8 The End Of Warrior Policing 146

9 The Next Urban Guardians 162

10 A War On Violence 180

Notes 187

Index 229

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