The Sociology of Urban Racial Conflict (DTRT) Friday, October 27, 2017 Professor Mike Owen Benediktsson Email: [email protected]
Research Report #2: Stage 1: Data Collection Visit one or more blocks in the city and make systematic observations. Follow up by analyzing disorder on / near the block from the online databases linked to our class website. Collect data in the form of images, videos, charts, maps, counts, or field notes that will help you answer the following two questions: 1.How prevalent are social and physical disorder on/near the block you have chosen? •Are there visible litter, graffiti, or physically deteriorated structures on the block? •Do people on/near the block frequently complain about loud noise, rodent infestation, or other forms of disorder? •Have there been burglaries, muggings, or violent or sexual assaults on/near the block in the past year? 2.What might be the causes of any disorder? What factors might help suppress it? •If there is disorder, what factors might explain it? •For example, if there is graffiti, are there lots of teenagers in the area? •If there are noise, litter, or rodent issues, are there lots of bars / restaurants nearby? •What factors might help to suppress it? •Security guards, police, eyes on the street, private sanitation services?