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date: 21 January 2020

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This article compares urban violence in the United States and France, particularly the 1992 collective violence in California and the riots of 2005 in Paris. It investigates the basis of these disorders, and examines whether they can be explained as the major product of economic disadvantage and social prejudice of the so-called deprivation theory. The article also identifies policy steps that can be taken to ensure public safety when the complexity of political/bureaucratic conditions results in urban violence.

Keywords: urban violence, United States, France, collective violence, California, riots, Paris, economic disadvantage, social prejudice, deprivation theory

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