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Pockets of Crime: Broken Windows, Collective Efficacy, and the Criminal Point of View Paperback – November 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0226774992 ISBN-10: 0226774996

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226774996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226774992
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 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: #1,443,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this unique and original book, Peter St. Jean examines why some blocks in urban areas experience more crime than others. Based on a number of sources - most importantly, in-depth interviews with drug dealers and routine robbers about their strategies for selecting a location or victim - St. Jean finds pitfalls in both broken windows and collective efficacy theories, while proposing a promising new alternative." - Mario Luis Small, author of Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio"

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Peter K. B. St. Jean is assistant professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo.

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By memdf on February 12, 2014
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As a Chicago Police Officer that works the areas described in the book, it is interesting to understand why the conditions of the area seemingly never change and how crime and the blight conditions fit together. St. Jean provides a perspective from the inside out. This should be must reading for any urban studies / criminal justice curriculum. I was a Broken Windows proponent but this book changes that succinctly. It actually makes that theory irrelevant. McCarthy and Emmanuel need to read this as they hang their hats on Broken Windows and a community policing program that is a mirage. Tough questions for our city and society that we are not ready to answer.
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