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Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles$
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Janet L. Abu-Lughod

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328752

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328752.001.0001

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Explaining Differences

Explaining Differences

Predicting Convergence?

(p.269) 8 Explaining Differences
Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles

Janet L. Abu-Lughod

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws the different themes together, comparing the relative success each city—Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago—has had in resolving the tensions that lead to riots. These differences are related to each place's unique history and governmental structure and the political culture it has evolved through social learning. It also examines recent trends in the three cities, focusing especially on policies designed to achieve greater control over offensive/provocative police behavior. Finally, the chapter looks at prospects for achieving social justice in the face of current trends in mass incarceration and the displacement of minorities, and the potential conflicts between blacks and Latinos in declining economies. Within each group, as in American society in general, class cleavages are becoming greater.

Keywords:   offensive police behavior, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, social justice, mass incarceration, American society

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