This work provides an important contribution to the study and interpretation of urban violence, the changing role of the state in an era of deregulation, the growth of inequalities and power conflicts over space and citizen participation. It calls for a decoding of local–global, national–local concepts and for a new theorization of these issues. The text is informed by extensive fieldwork, including interviews with mayors, judges, police officers, community leaders, youths in jail or on probation, and grassroots organizations, unveiling insights into such timely questions as:
What innovations do cities display to maintain social control in these settings and what is their leverage to do so?
Will the established order break down in violence and disorder?
How serious is the threat?
What is the challenge for the "post–city"?
How do American and French global cities compare on such issues?
The Social Control of Cities draws from a wide range of disciplines, including political sociology and history, and links urban studies to broader questions regarding the criminology of exclusion.
List of Tables.
Introductions: Tolerance and Suppression..
Part I: The Politics of Depacification.
Economic Globalization and Urban Unrest.
Law–Enforcement in the USA.
Solidarity and Social Prevention in France..
Part II. The Politics of Reconciliation.
Managing Polarization: New York and Chicago.
Managing Polarization: Paris, Marseilles, and Lyons.
Conclusion: The Social Control of Cities?.
"This is a well–documented and perceptive study." David Downes, London School of Economics, UK
"... does a creditable job of demonstrating both historically and comparatively, how cities within the limits of distinct national traditions are actually extraordinarily diverse and yet extremely limited in the ways they manage social control." Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
‘This comprehensive cross–cultural study of urban tensions and insecurities in an era of globalization is a major contribution to the literature on changing western cities. Sophie Body–Gendrot’s original synthesis of a wide range of urban studies provides new insights on the dynamic changes in modern urban life." – William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University