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Cultural Mechanisms and the Persistence of Neighborhood Violence1
The authors find that legal cynicism explains why homicide persisted in certain Chicago neighborhoods during the 1990s despite declines in poverty and declines in violence citywide. Expand
The Effects of Hot Spots Policing on Crime: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
In recent years, crime scholars and practitioners have pointed to the potential benefits of focusing police crime prevention efforts on crime places. Research suggests that there is significantExpand
Attention Felons: Evaluating Project Safe Neighborhood in Chicago
This research uses a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the impact of Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) initiatives on neighborhood level crime rates in Chicago. Four interventions are analyzed: (1)Expand
The Concentration and Stability of Gun Violence at Micro Places in Boston, 1980–2008
Boston, like many other major U.S. cities, experienced an epidemic of gun violence during the late 1980s and early 1990s that was followed by a sudden large downturn in gun violence in the mid 1990s.Expand
Why Do Criminals Obey the Law? The Influence of Legitimacy and Social Networks on Active Gun Offenders
Recent research on procedural justice and legitimacy suggests that compliance with the law is best secured not by mere threat of force, but by fostering beliefs in the fairness of the legal systemsExpand
Murder by Structure: Dominance Relations and the Social Structure of Gang Homicide in Chicago
  • A. Papachristos
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • AJS; American journal of sociology
  • 1 December 2007
The author uses a network approach and incident-level homicide records to recreate and analyze the structure of gang murders in Chicago and finds that individual murders between gangs create an institutionalized network of group conflict, net of any individual's participation or motive. Expand
Murder by Structure: Dominance Relations and the Social Structure of Gang Homicide1
Most sociological theories consider murder an outcome of the differential distribution of individual, neighborhood, or social characteristics. And while such studies explain variation in aggregateExpand
More Coffee, Less Crime? The Relationship between Gentrification and Neighborhood Crime Rates in Chicago, 1991 to 2005
This study examines the relationship between gentrification and neighborhood crime rates by measuring the growth and geographic spread of one of gentrification's most prominent symbols: coffee shops.Expand
The Corner and the Crew: The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence
Nearly a century of empirical research examines how neighborhood properties influence a host of phenomena such as crime, poverty, health, civic engagement, immigration, and economic inequality.Expand
The effect of local violence on children's attention and impulse control.
The analysis showed strong positive effects of local violence on parental distress, providing suggestive evidence that parental responses may be a likely pathway by which local violence affects young children. Expand