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Disorder and Decline: Crime and the Spiral of Decay in American Neighborhoods Paperback – May 28, 1992

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Skogan, Northwestern University professor of political science and urban affairs, defines disorder as those elements of urban life which merely border on crime or constitute crimes so minor that police tend to disregard them: public drinking, vandalism, littering, verbal harassment of passersby, panhandling and prostitution. In addition to these are sundry physical disorders, such as abandoned housing, ill-kept buildings, broken streetlights and garbage-filled lots and alleys. Perhaps minor in themselves, such disorders, the author claims, can and do spur serious crimes. Skogan details efforts to counter or reduce disorder in Houston, Newark, Chicago and Minneapolis, particularly through the use of so-called community policing, which has met with some small success. His book, though of interest to public officials and police brass, is closer to a sociology textbook than a work for general readers.
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Progressive police departments are adding to their crime-fighting, call-answering 911 functions an emphasis on problem-oriented community policing. They help to organize communities to deal with problems of housing, health, social service, disorganization, and disorder in general. Skogan summarizes five studies of disorder and community decline and concludes that there is no quick fix for disorder in urban neighborhoods. While Skogan's findings are generally disappointing, his book is not. Skogan is known in the field for his previous studies of crime and the urban environment, and this book will add to his reputation. Anyone interested in improving police-citizen relations and developing programs to control urban disorder will find insights here. --John Broderick, Stone hill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 28, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520076931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520076938
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Tomlin on June 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a good compliment to "Fixing Broken Windows" by George Kelling and Catherine Coles. The latter book is essential reading for anyone interested in improving a declining neighborhood. This book, while useful in many respects, serves better as a supplement to some of the other work that's out there.
The book certainly addresses an important subject and provides common sense, sometimes seemingly obvious, but often ignored directions on how to make our neighborhoods safer and more stable places to live.
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