Broken Windows, Collective Efficacy, and Community Policing: An Ethnographic Study on Chicago's South Side

Peter K.B. St. Jean, University of Chicago

This paper reports findings from a four year ethnographic study of community policing initiatives in a high crime district on Chicago's South Side. Issues that relate to the challenge of community policing in mixed income gentrifying African American neighborhoods will be addressed. The principles of two competing theories (Broken Windows and Collective Efficacy) will be evaluated using ethnographic data. Extensions to both theories will be suggested.

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