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“Ghetto” or getaway?: Constructions of crime and danger in an east coast vacation village


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

Our sociological understanding of crime and anti-crime initiatives is generally derived from studies of poor and middle class urban neighborhoods fending off the ills of urban existence. In contrast, this dissertation examines community-based responses to crime in an east coast vacation community. Gardner Village1, through its economic struggles, history of racial tension, open drug-dealing markets, and handful of violent incidents, attained a reputation as crime-ridden. To remedy this reputation, revive a once-thriving tourism industry, and "make our community a safer place to live," local residents formed a set of anticrime groups. Drawing on three years of ethnographic research, I explore the local, structural, and cultural factors that support the birth and continued existence of community groups aimed at combating crime. Findings reveal the processes through which residents use mainstream rhetoric about crime and criminals to understand a local problem, how they resist challenges to their punitive and fearful view, and how these patterns ultimately translate into the reproduction and extension of dominant cultural sensibilities about crime and support for crime control policies that expunge and punish segments of the population perceived to be problematic.

1The name of the research site and the names of all informants have been changed to preserve confidentiality.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Criminology;
Crime;
Vacations;
Towns;
Sociology;
Crime prevention
Classification
0627: Criminology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Citizen patrol; Community organizations; Crime; Critical criminology; Ethnography; Neighborhood Watch
Title
“Ghetto” or getaway?: Constructions of crime and danger in an east coast vacation village
Author
Becker, Sarah
Number of pages
376
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 69/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549915683
Advisor
McCorkel, Jill A.
Committee member
Chilton, Roland; Faulkner, Robert; Hemment, Julie
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Sociology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3336982
ProQuest document ID
304566297
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304566297
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