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Resolving Community Conflicts and ProblemsPublic Deliberation and Sustained Dialogue$
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Roger Lohmann and Jon Van Til

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151689

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151689.001.0001

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Facilitating Neighborhood Growth

Facilitating Neighborhood Growth

A Commonsense Approach to Public Safety from the Relational Paradigm

(p.213) 11 Facilitating Neighborhood Growth
Resolving Community Conflicts and Problems

James J. Nolan

Jeri Kirby

Ronald Althouse

Columbia University Press

This chapter reports on a study of neighborhoods in Manchester and Fineview to discuss the problems associated with rising crime and deteriorating police-community relations. Both neighborhoods were qualitatively different in terms of the types of conflicts present within the neighborhoods and between the residents and the police. In Manchester, the residents were very cohesive and worked together to solve neighborhood problems such as open-air drug dealing and youth gangs. Although the residents were cohesive in some regards, Manchester was in a state of conflict with the police over contested terrain. On the other hand, the residents of Fineview were divided in two communities. The first group was represented as the Fineview Community Group (FCG), while the second was represented as the Dwellings. In the FCG, the police lacked the enthusiasm for the services outside police work that the members required of them. In contrast, police patrol acted like warriors in the high-crime area of the Dwellings.

Keywords:   Manchester, Fineview, Dwellings, Fineview Community Group, neighborhood problems

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