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Luca Berardi

Neighborhood Wisdom and Localized Street Knowledge

McMaster professor Luca Berardi’s new article in Qualitative Sociology explores the theoretical and practical scope of street knowledge in managing violent victimization.

Jun 02, 2020

A new Qualitative Sociology article by Luca Berardi examines how residents of a Toronto social housing project plagued by gun violence rely on a hyper-localized form of street knowledge—what he calls “neighborhood wisdom”—to avoid violent victimization within the boundaries of their neighborhood. Based on 5-years of ethnographic fieldwork, he argues that the theoretical and practical value of street knowledge in mitigating danger and risk is tightly connected to the local—grounded in the social and spatial characteristics of a given locale.

Read more here: Neighborhood Wisdom: An Ethnographic Study of Localized Street Knowledge