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The criminology of place : street segments and our understanding of the crime problem

Author: David Weisburd; Elizabeth Groff; Sue-Ming Yang
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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The study of crime has focused primarily on why particular people commit crime or why specific communities have higher crime levels than others. In The Criminology of Place, David Weisburd, Elizabeth Groff, and Sue-Ming Yang present a new and different way of looking at the crime problem by examining why specific streets in a city have specific crime trends over time. Based on a 16-year longitudinal study of crime  Read more...
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Weisburd, David.
Criminology of place.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011049713
(OCoLC)768335772
Print version:
Weisburd, David.
Criminology of place.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011049713
(OCoLC)768335772
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Weisburd; Elizabeth Groff; Sue-Ming Yang
ISBN: 9780199709106 0199709106 9781283576901 1283576902 9780199979110 0199979111
OCLC Number: 807628130
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 272 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Putting Crime in Its Place --
3. Crime Concentrations and Crime Patterns at Places --
4. The Importance of Street Segments in the Production of the Crime Problem --
5. Concentrations of Crime Opportunities --
6. Are Processes of Social Disorganization Relevant to the Criminology of Place? --
7. Understanding Developmental Patterns of Crime at Street Segments --
8. Conclusions.
Responsibility: David L. Weisburd, Elizabeth R. Groff, and Sue-Ming Yang.

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The study of crime has focused primarily on why particular people commit crime or why specific communities have higher crime levels than others. In The Criminology of Place, David Weisburd, Elizabeth Groff, and Sue-Ming Yang present a new and different way of looking at the crime problem by examining why specific streets in a city have specific crime trends over time. Based on a 16-year longitudinal study of crime in Seattle, Washington, the book focuses our attention on small units of geographic analysis-micro communities, defined as street segments. Half of all Seattle crime each year occurs on just 5-6 percent of the city's street segments, yet these crime hot spots are not concentrated in a single neighborhood and street by street variability is significant. Weisburd, Groff, and Yang set out to explain why. The Criminology of Place shows how much essential information about crime is inevitably lost when we focus on larger units like neighborhoods or communities. Reorienting the study of crime by focusing on small units of geography, the authors identify a large group of possible crime risk and protective factors for street segments and an array of interventions that could be implemented to address them. The Criminology of Place is a groundbreaking book that radically alters traditional thinking about the crime problem and what we should do about it.

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