“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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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
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