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NCJ Number: 118795 Find in a Library
Title: Communities, Crime, and Neighborhood Organization
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (July 1989)  Pages:437-457
Author(s): W G Skogan
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: OJP-88-M-271
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: It is widely believed that voluntary action by neighborhood residents can play an important role in maintaining order. However, the ability of individuals to act in defense of their community is constrained by the opportunities for action that are available to them.
Abstract: Participation in collective efforts against crime is confined to places where the existence of local organizations makes that possible. The distribution of group activity across the metropolitan landscape thus defines the "opportunity structure" for local collective action. This article examines the impact of serious crime, the economic and social resources residents have to draw upon to deal with neighborhood problems, and their characteristic relationships with the police, upon those opportunities to participate in organized efforts to combat crime. 48 references, 1 table, 1 figure. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Community action programs; Community crime prevention programs; Crime Control Programs; Police community relations
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