Sociology 1171: Crime and Order in the American City





Ideas about crime and social order have animated debates about cities for over a century. After reviewing classic approaches to the study of the American city, we will evaluate contemporary arguments on central themes such as the “broken-windows” theory of crime, the uses of public space, racial segregation and inequality, immigration, gentrification, the crime decline, and mass incarceration. Students will conduct neighborhood observations as one of the requirements.