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).


Series: Target 2020

Justice is on the Ballot

We elect federal leaders, district attorneys, mayors, local legislators, and sheriffs—people who shape how our communities ensure public safety and secure justice.

Election Day is in six weeks, but in communities across the United States, voting for the 2020 election is already underway. In every race, from the federal to the state to the local level, it’s clear: Justice is on the ballot. Our votes can help ensure due process for immigrants facing deportation, address overpolicing in communities of color and ...

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  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
September 22, 2020
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