Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

I was raised in the South Bronx, several blocks from Yankee Stadium. My parents settled there in August of 1951, impoverished after spending their post-war years in Germany’s displaced persons camps. They survived the war, concentration camps, and the death of nearly all their...

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1. America’s Safest Cities

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pp. 15-46

America’s safest city is located on the northeast border of Buffalo, New York. In 1996 Money Magazine published its safest city list and named Amherst, New York, the safest of all American cities.1 Amherst is still considered relatively safe. Although Money Magazine no longer publishes.

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2. Confronting Modernity and Adolescence

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pp. 47-84

In contrast to the youth of America’s most dangerous inner cities, safe-city youth are less often arrested, and as a consequence less likely to be adjudicated delinquent. Without having been officially designated delinquent, they are more likely to successfully transition into adulthood...

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3. Relational Modernity

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pp. 85-108

Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Terribly Young could successfully transition into adulthood because they and their parents could recognize adolescent troubles. Bill Gates had the good fortune of having parents who could afford the assistance of a professional therapist. They also...

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4. Beyond a Street-Corner View of Delinquency

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pp. 109-138

The public street corners of car dependent suburbs like Amherst are the least desirable places for adolescents to hang out. They prefer the more private areas of shopping malls, fast food courts, diners, parking lots, and the wooded areas of their suburban subdivisions. They also like the...

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5. The Trouble with Youth in America’s Safest City

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pp. 139-178

The youth of a safe city are able to share their difficulties, discontents, and serious troubles. In comparison to the youth of impoverished inner cities, they are more able to be relationally modern because of the adults in their lives. As a consequence, their troubles are not the same...

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6. Suburbia’s Discontents

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pp. 179-202

The middle category of offenders is more of the average than Christine or Luke. Any statements generalizing about this group of youth based on a high school survey or personal interview risk neglecting some of the biographical details that go along with a more focused look at each...

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7. Safe-City Offending

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pp. 203-244

Official arrests represent only a fraction of adolescents who could be arrested and adjudicated delinquent. As I noted in introducing Money Magazine’s designation of Amherst, New York, as America’s safest city, few acts of delinquency are reported to the police. Crimes recorded by...

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8. Safe Cities and the Struggle to Be Relationally Modern

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pp. 245-270

I began this book by wondering about the safety of city life. I observed that there was more than one type of city to consider in a large metropolitan area. I argued that the suburban city is the latest city to emerge in a globalized information economy. It has become the preferred place...

Appendix

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pp. 271-276

Notes

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pp. 277-292

Index

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pp. 293-304

About the Author

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p. 305