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Uneasy Peace

Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/16/2018

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Uneasy Peace

The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684410347
Digital Download ISBN:9781684410354


An eye-opening account of the transformation of cities and an urgent call to action to prevent another crime wave.

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Beginning in the mid-1990s, American cities experienced an astonishing drop in violent crime. By 2014, the United States was safer than it had been in sixty years. Sociologist Patrick Sharkey gathered data from across the country to understand why this happened, and how it changed the nature of urban inequality. He shows that the decline of violence is one of the most important public health breakthroughs of the past several decades, that it has made schools safer places to learn and increased the chances of poor children rising into the middle class. Yet there have been costs, in the abuses and high incarceration rates generated by aggressive policing.

Sharkey puts forth an entirely new approach to confronting violence and urban poverty. At a time when inequality, complacency, and conflict all threaten a new rise in violent crime, and the old methods of policing are unacceptable, the ideas in this book are indispensable.


"Patrick Sharkey's achievement in Uneasy Peace is to explain with accessible precision just how much the massive decline in homicide since the 1990's has mattered to the most vulnerable of city-dwellers, African American men. Sharkey also makes clear why this public health triumph is precarious due to our unrelenting focus on criminal justice to the exclusion of community investments. Any student of cities will regard this book as essential reading."—Tracey L. Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor at Yale Law School

"Uneasy Peace has enhanced my understanding of one of the most remarkable developments in the last two decades. Patrick Sharkey's analysis of the decline in urban violent crime is compelling, so too is his discussion of ways to avert a possible new wave of national violence. This well-written and carefully researched book is a must-read for anyone residing in our nation's cities." —William Julius Wilson, author of More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City

Author Bio

Patrick Sharkey is chair of the Department of Sociology at New York University. He is also scientific director of Crime Lab New York, an independent organization dedicated to applying and evaluating new methods for addressing crime, violence, and poverty.