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Lecture 5

SOC316H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: William Bratton, Jaywalking, Consumerism


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC316H5
Professor
Paula Maurutto
Lecture
5

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BROKEN WINDOWS
Merged and associated with zero tolerance polices (23 minutes) emblematic of crime control era
– fear and supposedly growing crime even though crime is decreasing – part of that legacy
Broken window thesis(24 30 sec)
Adaption of broke windows approach zero tolerance of
A broken window left untended is a sign that nobody cares and this creates an environment for
crime.
What keeling and wilosn argument
Saying that if a community is seen having broken windows littering jaywalking garbage graffiti –
all indicators or signs that you have a community that is disorganized
Disorganized communities provide the feeding ground for criminal behaviour – the appearance
of disorder beguts disorder
Broken windows and other things – send out releaser cues to potential offender- this building
with broke windows is probably not being monitored thereby increasing the opportunity for
vandalism theft, drug trafficking – low level disorder drug crime – this provides the ground work
for more serious crime
Argue that there is a relationship between disorder and crime
Broken windows is a metaphor to account for the fact that minor deviant behavior mild incivilities
– if they go unaddressed will lead to more serious forms o f crime – release cues among
potential offenders that their transgression will not be tolerated
You get the cycle of decline and lawlessness – ideas is minor form s of deviant behavior s have
serious consequences of the life of the community and the neighborhood
Draws attention to minor incidents ushers in a diff kind of policing police tends to ignore minor
forms of crime
Complete reversal in the 90’s cracking down public urination and drunkenness – antigraffit
legislation – employers is responsible for painting over it –
Safestreet act – that band
A lot of growth of inner city crimes in the 60’s down town core is no longer place where ppl want
to live – but not ppl want to come back – in NY subways is not safe people didn’t want to be
travelling – reduced tourism
1989 rudolph juliany – William bratton head of ny public transport- ppl gave him advice – get rid
of panhandling – make it look cleaner – stop ppl from jumping the turnstile – he was asked to
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