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Robert D. Crutchfield

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717073

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717073.001.0001

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“Life in the Hood”

“Life in the Hood”

How Social Context Matters

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Robert D. Crutchfield

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This chapter analyzes community ecology and crime, and addresses questions of how the work and school experiences of residents are conditioned by the characteristics of the neighborhoods and local labor markets in which they live. The rates for the most serious common crimes are higher in poorer neighborhoods than in those where more financially comfortable people live. This is in part because individuals from poor families are more likely to commit some types of serious crimes. Until the economic crisis of 2008, as the United States became more of a postindustrial economy, there were not as many unemployed people. Now the unemployed and underemployed ranks have increased substantially, and as those people look about them, they see others doing very well instead of seeing those in the broader society suffering along with them.

Keywords:   community ecology, crime, work, school, neighborhood, local labor market, 2008 economic crisis, underemployment, unemployment

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