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SpringerBriefs in Criminology

Perceptions of Community Crime in Ferguson, MO

A Qualitative Study Prior to the Death of Michael Brown

Authors: Fisher-McLean, Kandace L.

  • Presents perspectives of crime and community disorder in Ferguson before the shooting of Michael Brown 
  • Discusses perceptions of crime by older adults aging in place
  • Provides unique in-depth stories and insights about the Ferguson community
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This Brief is based on a research study of aging adults' perceptions and fear of crime in their community of Ferguson, Missouri. The study, which was conducted by coincidence just prior to the death of Michael Brown, presents unique insights into the community environment prior to those events, which sparked protests and turmoil in Ferguson and beyond.
This qualitative study employs sampling and semi-structured interviews to survey older adults aging in place in Ferguson about their perceptions of crime, social disorder, racial integration and community transformation. The author also draws comparisons to other US cities, and recommendations for future research. While the study is only preliminary, it will be of interest to anyone researching the intersection of race, crime, and community, or particularly the protests surrounding the events in Ferguson, Missouri, as a starting point for comparison.  

About the authors

Dr. Kandace Fisher-McLean serves as an Associate Professional Housing and Environmental Design Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension based in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also the National Coordinator for the Healthy Homes Partnership. She earned a Ph. D. in Human Environmental Sciences: Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri - Columbia, an M. S. in Human Ecology: Design Studies and a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a B. S. in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

Dr. Fisher-McLean became interested in older adult’s perceptions of crime in Ferguson, Missouri in 2009 after receiving a “JumpStart the Conversation” grant to address aging-in-place issues in the community. This project received national attention and was recognized in the March 2010 Compendium of Community Aging Initiatives by the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services at the University of California at Berkeley – School of Social Welfare. She decided to further investigate older adult’s perceptions of crime in Ferguson, Missouri through her doctoral research in 2013 and 2014. To recognize her research in Ferguson, Missouri she was the recipient of the International Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Award for Ph.D. research. 

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eBook $39.99
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Softcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-46785-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perceptions of Community Crime in Ferguson, MO
Book Subtitle
A Qualitative Study Prior to the Death of Michael Brown
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Criminology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46786-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46786-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-46785-6
Series ISSN
2192-8533
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 135
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 65 illustrations in colour
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