Title

Residents' Efforts at Neighborhood Stabilization: Facing the Challenges of Inner-City Neighborhoods

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1998

Publication Source

Sociological Forum

Abstract

This paper examines the response of residents in one inner-city, racially, and economically diverse neighborhood to a sudden increase in crime, drugs and disorder. Rather than withdrawing, residents in this neighborhood responded by organizing a major collective effort to develop a stabilization plan for the neighborhood. Factors useful in understanding this atypical response include a citywide structure that encourages citizen participation, the city government's commitment to the neighborhood, a history of neighborhood activism, and residents' commitment to the neighborhood. A social movement perspective that examines the nature of successful social movement organizations, the political context of movement activities, and micromovement processes is useful in analyzing cases of neighborhood activism.

Inclusive pages

189-213

ISBN/ISSN

0884-8971

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers

Volume

13

Issue

2

Peer Reviewed

yes

Keywords

community crime prevention, responses to disorder, community organizing, neighborhood mobilization, neighborhood crime