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Disorder and Decline

Crime and the Spiral of Decay in American Neighborhoods

Wesley G. Skogan (Author)

Not available in British Commonwealth; Available in Canada

Paperback, 218 pages
ISBN: 9780520076938
May 1992
$30.95, £21.95
Wesley Skogan is Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at Northwestern University and directs the Program in Law and the Social Sciences.
"Crime, disorder, and decay symbolize the decline of America's inner cities. Skogan's book is theoretically acute, methodologically sophisticated, and politically astute. It should be required reading for every urban sociologist, policy planner, and public official."—Jerome H. Skolnick, University of California, Berkeley

"Panhandling, graffiti, prostitution, abandoned cars and buildings, and junk-filled lots are evidence of neighborhood disorder and decline. In this absorbing and valuable study, Skogan discusses the implications of disorder and skillfully analyzes experimental efforts undertaken to confront it in several American cities."—Gilbert Geis, University of California, Irvine

"This timely book not only documents the relationship between disorder and neighborhood decline, but provides a cogent analysis of the currently favored solutions to problems such as community policing and citizen self-help."—Dr. Thomas A. Reppetto, President, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City

American Sociological Association's Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance's 1991 Distinguished Scholar Award, American Sociological Association

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