Criminal Justice-COLL | Street Crime
P418 | 27466 | Pettiway


There continues to be a growing concern with crime and those who
commit street crime in urban America. While there is some attention
given to the commission of street crime, the course is primarily
concerned the context, the color, the nuance of living in the
shadowy worlds between right and wrong and it explores the fictions
and the facts of offending within the context of compassion and
condemnation. It is an attempt to understand the nature of and
participation of crime from a more humanistic perspective; it uses
readings from cultural criminology to achieve this end.

Therefore, students will be required to do a substantial amount of
reading. We will read urban ethnographies; some books being
considered are:

Anderson, Elijah (2000) Code of the Street. New York: W. W. Norton
and Co.

Becker, Howard S. (1963) Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of
Deviance (New York: Free Press.

Ferrell, Jeff (1993) Crimes of Style: Urban Graffiti and the
Politics of Criminality.  Boston: Northeastern University Press.

Ferrell, Jeff (2001) Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban
Anarchy. New York: Palgrave St. Martin's.

Ferrell, Jeff and Mark S. Hamm (1998) Ethnography at the Edge:
Crime, Deviance, and Field Research. Boston, MA: Northeastern
University Press.

Fleisher, Mark S. (1995) Beggars and Thieves: Lives of Urban Street
Criminals.  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Merry, Sally Engle (1981) Urban Danger: Life in a Neighborhood of
Strangers. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Oliver, William (1994) The Violent Social World of Black Men. San
Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Pettiway, Leon E. (1998) Workin’ It: Women Living Through Drugs and
Crime.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Websdale, Neil (2001) Policing the Poor: From Salve Plantation to
Public Housing. Boston:  Northeastern University Press

Class meeting:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:05-10:20

Instructor:  Professor Leon Pettiway, criminal justice department