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Beginning in the mid-1990s, American cities experienced an astonishing drop in violent crime. By 2014, the United States was safer than it had been in 60 years.

Sociologist Patrick Sharkey gathered data from across the country to understand why this happened, and how it changed the nature of urban inequality. He shows that the decline of violence is one of the most important public health breakthroughs of the past several decades, that it has made schools safer places to learn and increased the chances of poor children rising into the middle class. Yet there have been costs, in the abuses and high incarceration rates generated by aggressive policing.

Sharkey puts forth an entirely new approach to confronting violence and urban poverty. At a time when inequality, complacency, and conflict all threaten a new rise in violent crime, and the old methods of policing are unacceptable, the ideas in this book are indispensable.

©2018 Patrick Sharkey (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Kris
  • 06-04-18

Great, If you're interested in the topic...

Conclusion of the book: The next 'war' of the USA should be a war on violence... Using other methods than violence.

Some of the non-brutal methods that has been developed are presented and discussed in this book. Not an abundance though, and mostly methods focusing on mobilizing communities through representatives and community leaders (what is a community leader wasn't quite discussed as I remember).

The whole thing is about The States of course. I'm safe and sound in Scandinavia, where we don't have to worry about guns and extreme poverty... Sometimes throughout the book I was missing a bit of a global perspective.

The issue of race crime is treated in this book too, but it's tempered with data and not the words of an ideological activist with no backup for his statements (even though the author does mix in some pathos stuff to create a narrative in presenting the research).

It would be great if Audible puts up the author's other book where concrete suggestions for how to change policies towards nonviolent community making to increase public health are proposed. He presents it towards the end, but we don't hear much about it.

All in all enjoyed this book though! More on this topic, please.