Criminal Justice-COLL | Street Crime
P418 | 14698 | Pettiway


There continues to be a growing concern with crime and those who
commit street crime in urban America.  To that end, this course
explores a variety of crimes in order to understand their incidence
and their participants.  More importantly, the course concerns the
context, the color, the nuance of living in the shadowy worlds
between right and wrong, and its explores the fiction and the fact
with in the context of compassion and condemnation. It is an attempt
to understand the nature of crime from a more humanistic
perspective, and 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:  Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-5:15

Instructor:  Professor Leon Pettiway, criminal justice department