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Community CriminologyFundamentals of Spatial and Temporal Scaling, Ecological Indicators, and Selectivity Bias$
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Ralph B. Taylor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814725498

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814725498.001.0001

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Spatial Scaling III

Spatial Scaling III

Understanding Place Criminology and Hot Spots

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Community Criminology

Ralph B. Taylor

NYU Press

This chapter uses the modified boat metamodel from Chapter 4 as a lens for examining the assumptions behind the “criminology of place.” The view here is that place criminology is useful for tertiary prevention and crime control but has limited promise as a framework for understanding the dynamics behind crime patterns, levels, and changes in communities. Further, it suggests that hot spots, albeit practically useful for many purposes, are philosophically and empirically problematic as a foundational unit in a criminology of place. It also considers whether other geographic units can serve as foundational units in a place-based criminology.

Keywords:   boat metamodel, community criminology, community crime, hot spots, spatial scaling, place criminology

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