Residents' Efforts at Neighborhood Stabilization: Facing the Challenges of Inner-City Neighborhoods
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.
Copyright © 1998, Plenum
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
community crime prevention, responses to disorder, community organizing, neighborhood mobilization, neighborhood crime
Donnelly, Patrick G. and Majka, Theo J., "Residents' Efforts at Neighborhood Stabilization: Facing the Challenges of Inner-City Neighborhoods" (1998). Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Faculty Publications. 33.