Synopses & Reviews
Community dynamics shape the way communities function. Areas that suffer from high levels of crime and disorder often experience decreased social capital, declining property values; slow economic development; and high levels of fear of victimization among residents. Changing the dynamics that foster crime problems across urban communities is a challenge for policy makers, police, residents and local stakeholders.
Drawing on unique longitudinal data at the community level, Crime and Disorder in Community Context entwines current ecological theories of crime with key debates on the relevance of 'community' in contemporary urban life to examine the spatial and temporal relationships between community structure, community social capital, informal social control and the occurrence of crime and disorder.