A World of Dangers: How Youth Negotiate High-Crime Neighborhoods

Patrick Carr, St. Joseph's University
Maria Kefalas, St. Joseph's University

This paper presents initial data from a long-term comparative study of youth living in high crime neighborhoods. The focus of this presentation will be on how youth in several Philadelphia neighborhoods navigate their way through the many dangers that they face on a daily basis. Data will be presented from participant observation and in-depth interviews with delinquent and non-delinquent youth, and will focus on cognitive maps of dangerous areas, daily experiences with crime and violence, and what young people do to control or avoid crime.

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