The Social Control of Cities: A Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

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In this ground-breaking study, Sophie Body-Gendrot provides a comparative analysis of the growing problem of new forms of poverty and social marginalisation in contemporary advanced societies.

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"This book is extremely important for anyone interested in crime and violence in urban areas. The author situates urban violence and responses to it within the larger processes of globalization and of growth of inequalitites within and between societies. By using case studies of different cities in different countries—US, Britain, and Frnace—she examines the impact of global, national, and local policies and economic trends on various cities' responses to crime and violence." Choice

"This is a well-documented and perceptive study." David Downes, London School of Economics, UK

"... does a creditable job of demonstrating both historically and comparatively, how cities within the limits of distinct national traditions are actually extraordinarily diverse and yet extremely limited in the ways they manage social control." Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

‘This comprehensive cross-cultural study of urban tensions and insecurities in an era of globalization is a major contribution to the literature on changing western cities. Sophie Body-Gendrot’s original synthesis of a wide range of urban studies provides new insights on the dynamic changes in modern urban life." – William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631205210
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/17/2000
  • Series: Studies in Urban and Social Change Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Body-Gendrot is a CNRS researcher and a professor of political science and American studies at the Sorbonne and the Institute of Political Science in Paris. Her research focuses on comparative public, urban unrest, ethnic and racial issues and citizen participation. Among her books are Ville et Violence (1993), The Urban Moment (1999, edited with R. Beauregard) and a taskforce report written with N. Le Guennec on urban violence for the French Home Secretary in 1998.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.


Series Preface.


Introductions: Tolerance and Suppression..

Part I: The Politics of Depacification.

Economic Globalization and Urban Unrest.

Law-Enforcement in the USA.

Solidarity and Social Prevention in France..

Part II. The Politics of Reconciliation.

Managing Polarization: New York and Chicago.

Managing Polarization: Paris, Marseilles, and Lyons.

Conclusion: The Social Control of Cities?.



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