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Violence in the Heights
The Torn Social Fabric of Inner-city Neighborhoods

  • Available for pre-order on June 9, 2023. Item will ship after June 30, 2023
ISBN 9780367753429
June 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
136 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Given the media attention and research focus on big cities with large minority populations, people have grown accustomed to associating violence with these attributes. Violence in the Heights counters that narrative to provide a fresh perspective on inner-city violence with a close look at violence and associated social disorder in a cluster of neighborhoods in a mid-sized, predominantly white city.

Eileen M. Ahlin studied forty-two residents and their perceptions of and responses to violence to give voice to their experiences. Ahlin provides a historical overview of the neighborhoods and highlights a series of pivotal violent events, and discovers how they differentially impacted residents and their perceptions of safety. Residents reveal how a series of institutional and demographic shifts reduced interpersonal connections and weakened the community's social fabric. A unique perspective on inner-city violence, Violence in the Heights also details why residents move to other communities when violence increases or, if they remain, adapt to changing conditions.

This book will interest mainstream readers interested in learning about urban affairs and the human-interest story as it will track why inner-city residents stay in their neighborhoods or move to other communities when violence increases. It will also describe how residents who remain in violent neighborhoods adapt to the changing conditions around them. This book will also serve as an academic text to outline the changes in violence and community disorder in a mid-sized city that is predominantly White, an understudied aspect of urban violence.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. It Was a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Chapter 2. The Heights

Chapter 3. Contract Killings and Dismemberments and Turf Wars, Oh My!

Chapter 4. You Can Spell Crickville?

Chapter 5. Unraveling Social Ties

Chapter 6. Who Were the People in Your Neighborhood?

Chapter 7. No, I Mean I Live in the City

Chapter 8. Changing Context

Chapter 9. Looking Forward


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Eileen M. Ahlin is associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg.