Robert J. Sampson The Social Order of the American City: Lessons for Crime and Justice

Professor Robert J. Sampson of Harvard University talks with Vera Director Michael Jacobson about his long-term study of inequality in Chicago neighborhoods. Sampson explains the concept of “collective efficacy,” which he coined to describe the catalytic effect of group responses to neighborhood problems. He argues that crime rates are higher and cooperation with law enforcement lower in neighborhoods where collective efficacy is low or nonexistent. This podcast is part of the Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series. Professor Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences and Director of the Social Sciences Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is author most recently of Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect (University of Chicago Press, 2012).