Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Dietz, M. L.


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.



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This thesis examines the subject of community "high-crime" reputation. The site chosen as a case study is Olde Sandwich Towne, Windsor, Ontario, to which this label has been applied. A combination of field and literature research, interviews, and participant observation inform this thesis. In examining the characterization of Olde Sandwich Towne as a high-crime area, this study describes the basis for the label as demonstrated in how the label developed, problems created by the label, the process of community deterioration, and crimes which, according to police data, are typical of the community. This study also evaluates attempts by the community to overcome the reputation by relating how community members recognize it, and their reaction to it. The label's impact on community residents, on community esteem and viability, and on the social and physical structure of the neighborhood is appraised. An attempt is also made to ascertain whether criminal behavior of persons is the single cause that determines the community crime label.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .L48. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0616. Adviser: M. L. Dietz. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.