The Politics of Urban Violence in America
This seminar will take a close look at the realities of violence in several urban areas in the region, including Newark and Philadelphia, and how unevenly it affects different neighborhoods. We will explore different policy approaches to reducing violence, focusing on how crime policy at the local level is crafted and implemented. We will also examine first-hand accounts of youth growing up in high crime urban neighborhoods, as they struggle to cope with danger, punitive policing, and failing institutions. From there, we will try to better understand the causes and consequences of high levels of violence in cities in the United States, relative to other rich democracies, and why the incidence and effects of violent crime remain so disparate across race and class categories.