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The Zimmerman Context

Professor of Sociology Sarah Becker explores racialized definitions of justice in Neighborhood Watch groups
When Feb 06, 2014
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where West Laville Library
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Contact Phone 2255782479
Attendees All Honors College students
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In the second installment of our Spring Faculty Research Series, Assistant Professor of Sociology Sarah Becker will use the George Zimmerman case to discuss how race influences perceptions of neighborhood safety. She will draw on a three-year ethnographic study of a Neighborhood Watch program in the northeastern United States, and will explore both how our conceptions of race shape crime control strategies and the effects such strategies have on community dynamics and pre-existing structural inequalities.

Professor Becker earned a B.A. in Sociology and Writing from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also served as the Associate Director of the Criminal Justice Program. In 2012 was recognized as LSU Flagship Faculty and received the Department of Sociology's Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor Becker describes herself as a “gender and inequality scholar, criminologist, and ethnographer whose work focuses on the processes through which inequalities are enacted, reproduced, and/or challenged in various structural contexts." Her areas of research include violent crime; sexual victimization; community-based reactions to crime, disorder and policing strategies; and the education of marginalized youth.