University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Rethinking Neighborhood Violence in Chicago

  • Robert Vargas and Forrest Stuart
  • April 13 2016
  • W23-2016

Although violence in Chicago is often presented as being random, the presenters in this webinar will show that there are particular patterns and mechanisms behind violence in the city. Robert Vargas will draw on work from his new book, Wounded City, to discuss how conflict among city political groups concentrates violence on particular pockets of blocks in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. Then, based on interviews and field work from Chicago’s South Side, Forrest Stuart will explain how social media can serve to catalyze gang violence, but also how youth strategically use social media to avoid and mitigate violence.


Justice System, Neighborhood Effects, Place, Policing