Chris Uggen's Blog: <i>la times</i> homicide report

Sunday, February 10, 2008

la times homicide report

the los angeles times maintains a homicide report blog with the names, faces, and brief stories of each of the area's murder victims. the daily entries quickly orient readers to the super-concentration of homicide along age, race, class, and gender lines. the grim catalog is powerfully affecting, even for those familiar with the bivariate correlates of violent victimization. we might already know that young african american and latino men from poor neighborhoods are disproportionately victimized, but we might better appreciate the force of such patterns after reading the individual stories arrayed on page after page of cases.

7 Comments:

At 5:49 PM, Blogger michelle inderbitzin said...

funny, i almost wrote about this for our pubcrim blog. i was really struck by the homicide report and particularly some of the comments about the victims or about the circumstances of the crime made by community members under the posts.

i'm thinking about building a homework assignment around it for my deviance class...

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

good idea, michelle. there's also an npr story on jill leovy of the times, which might be good for classroom use: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17345151

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger newsocprof said...

Chris, I hardly ever have to write lectures anymore... Anytime I'm stuck on how to fill 50 minutes, I just check your blog. This was a good one. Keep it up, and I just might get tenure :)

My TA, however, has begun to notice this because she reads your blog... I may have to get more creative before she outs me.

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

here's the deal, newprof: if you sign up one new contexts subscriber for each handy course suggestion, i'm happy to call it even.

 
At 7:32 PM, Blogger newsocprof said...

deal. i've got it on the sidebar of the blog and have been telling the grads -- unfortunately, i'm having enough trouble getting them to expand beyond asc to asa membership, contexts is a next step. will re-double my efforts...

 
At 9:33 PM, Blogger Chris said...

I'm sure you've probably noticed the "map" option on the right-hand side of the page. This is a great tool for students. While those of us in non-LA might not appreciate the geographic distribution of homicide events, this is concrete information for students of how homicide is distribution along gender and racial lines. (Sure, they could go to BJS but this interface is pretty snazzy, and interactive to boot!)

Personally, I am most interested in the domestic incidents. Gender distribution flips for these--an interesting discussion could be had in class about domestic homicide & self-defense.

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger phillyfan said...

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a similar feature of interactive crime maps at http://www.philly.com/inquirer/special/violence/

I have used it when teaching and it was pretty effective in showing the spatial distribution and the differences in gender/race/age/.

 

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