Beginning in the mid-1990s, American cities experienced an astonishing drop in violent crime. By 2014, the United States was safer than it had been in sixty years. Sociologist Patrick Sharkey gathered data from across the country to understand why this happened, and how it changed the nature of urban inequality. He shows that the decline of violence is one of the most important public health breakthroughs of the past several decades, that it has made schools safer places to learn and increased the chances of poor children rising into the middle class. Yet there have been costs, in the abuses and high incarceration rates generated by aggressive policing.
Sharkey puts forth an entirely new approach to confronting violence and urban poverty. At a time when inequality, complacency, and conflict all threaten a new rise in violent crime, and the old methods of policing are unacceptable, the ideas in this book are indispensable.
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About the Author
Patrick Sharkey is 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.
P. J. Ochlan, an Audie Award-winning and multiple AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator, has recorded hundreds of audiobooks. His acting career spans more than thirty years and has also included Broadway, the New York Shakespeare Festival, critically acclaimed feature films, and regular roles in television series.
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