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Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio

Robert Vargas


This book charts a new direction for explanations of neighborhood violence that focuses on the underexamined role of adversarial relations (turf wars) among politicians, gangs, and the police. This case study of the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago investigates why shootings and arsons were concentrated on clusters of blocks in the neighborhood’s eastside. Using a mix of ethnographic, historical, and statistical data, the book focuses on two turf wars that triggered incidents of violence and undermined residents’ violence prevention efforts. First, the political turf war between Chicago’ ... More

Keywords: violence, Chicago, gangs, prevention, neighborhoods, Mexican Americans, politics, governance, urban

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190245900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Vargas, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame