Understanding realities of contemporary crime in the US can be confusing (and misleading) due to the myths and politics that have come to inform our perspective. In this accessible five-week course taught by University of Arizona cultural geographer Stefano Bloch, we will learn about the realities and geographical context of crime and policing in a way that provides critical understanding, not the perpetuation of popular assumptions. As an expert on gangs, graffiti, and urban development, Professor Bloch will discuss neighborhood-based criminality and criminalization, while also focusing on how processes of urban development such as redlining, suburbanization, and gentrification effect our perception of criminal activity, from small-scale disorder to high-level street violence. Students will complete this course with an understanding of historical crime trends, crime statistics, and the ability to see how the city is not simply a container for crime, but a co-creator of what constitutes crime and how it is policed.
Registered community members will meet with Professor Block in five live online sessions on the following Mondays from 5 to 6:30 PM: October 18, 25, November 1, 8 and 15.