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Us versus Them: Race, Crime, and Gentrification in Chicago Neighborhoods

Jan Doering


Crime and gentrification represent hot button issues in racially diverse neighborhoods. Drawing on three and a half years of ethnographic fieldwork, this book provides a detailed analysis of community conflict in Rogers Park and Uptown, two Chicago neighborhoods. The book shows how competing views about neighborhood change divided residents into two political camps, which prioritized either the fight against crime or the fight against gentrification. This division frequently materialized as a type of racial conflict, because antigentrification activists and their allies charged that grassroots ... More

Keywords: residential integration, racial diversity, race relations, racial conflict, crime, community policing, gentrification, urban, politics, neighborhoods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190066574
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190066574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Doering, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, McGill University