Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection examines in a new light how places enhance our understanding of crime and its control. While there has been much work in this area focused on policy, few have examined the underlying theories that inform this work. Theory has played a secondary role in the "criminology of place," and this volume brings it to the forefront of scholarly concerns.
Each part and its chapters illuminate cutting-edge ideas in the etiology and control of crime at place, beginning with an introductory Part I. Crime is often concentrated in very small geographies, and Part II emphasizes the importance of capturing the dynamic nature of places in order to understand crime clustering. Part III offers integrative theories on the varying contextual arrangements of places and links theories of places to other theories of individuals, neighborhoods, and other social contexts. In Part IV, theorists ask how the actions of place owners facilitate or control crime and what policies governments can institute to regulate place management.
This volume will be of interest to criminologists worldwide and useful for graduate-level or advanced undergraduate courses on environmental criminology or crime prevention.
'Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection represents the cutting edge of current thinking on crime and place. It brings together some of the finest minds in the business in a well-structured volume compiled by two of the most insightful thinkers I know.' – Jerry Ratcliffe, Temple University
'Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection is a brilliant and timely book. With contributions by leading authors in the field, this volume will, no doubt, be a defining contribution to criminological thought for years to come, inspiring much research on the theoretical dimension of crime and place.' – Martin A. Andresen, Simon Fraser University
'Weisburd and Eck’s radical research agenda of twenty years ago has produced a wealth of empirical findings on crime and place. In this volume they contend that Criminology would benefit even more by improved theoretical understanding of the findings. To this end, the contributing authors propose a variety of theoretical frameworks, some of which could also transform policing and corrections.' – Ronald V. Clarke, Rutgers University
'Unravelling the Crime-Place Connection, edited by David Weisburd and John Eck, brings together a powerhouse of scholars who specialize in various aspects of environmental criminology. This book highlights both the underlying theories of place-based criminology as well as the cutting edge ideas and methods for which this subfield is known.' – Cynthia Lum, George Mason University
Chapter One: The Concentration-Dynamics Tradeoff in Crime Hot Spotting by George O. Mohler, Martin B. Short, and P. Jeffrey Brantigham
Chapter Two: Chronic and Temporary Crime Spots Wilpen Gorr and YongJei Lee
Chapter Three: The Added Value of the Criminology of Place to the Research Agenda of Environmental Criminology: The Necessity of Mechanism-Based Frameworks by Gerben Bruinsma and Lieven Pauwels
Chapter Four: The Relationship Between Social Disorganization and Crime at the Micro Geographic Level: Findings from Tel Aviv-Yafo Using Israeli Census Data by David Weisburd, Maor Shay, Shai Amran, and Roie Zamir
Chapter Five: Place and Neighborhood Contexts by Pamela Wilcox and Marie Skubak Tillyer
Chapter Six: The Opportunity Structure for Bad Place Management: A Theory to Assist Effective Regulation of High Crime Places by John E. Eck
Chapter Seven: Not Just What Works, But How It Works: Mechanisms and Context in the Effectiveness of Place-Based Policing by Cody W. Telep
Chapter Eight: Place Manager Motivations and Crime Prevention by Troy C. Payne
Chapter Nine: The Role of Place in Probation and Parole by Lacey Schaefer, Francis T. Cullen, and Sarah M. Manchak
Chapter Ten: A Micro Place Perspective for Theory and Research on Police Behavior by Breanne Cave
Chapter Eleven: Beyond Putting "Cops on Dots": Applying Theory to Advance Police Responses to Crime Places by Anthony A. Braga and Cory Schnell