Jack Katz

Emotional Needs Are Often The Driving Force in Violent Crime

Social Psychology, Qualitative Methodology, Law and Society, Deviant Behavior/Social Disorganization



Social psychology, body and self, urban life, deviance and the law. Current research: I am currently analyzing the results of an interview and observational study of six neighborhoods in Hollywood. The research was conducted with (then) post-doc Peter Ibarra and (then) graduate student, Maggie Kusenbach. My studies on the relationship of the body and the self, using videotape, ethnographic observation, and historical materials on everyday life, are continuing. My long-term interests are in developing a naturalistic social psychology and in advancing the methodological understanding of ethnography.



Se cuisiner un statut. Des noms aux verbes dans l’étude de la stratification sociale. Numéro 23 – décembre, 2011. Ethnographiques. http://www.ethnographiques.org/2011/ Katz - consulté le 11.01.2012.

Emotion’s Crucible. Emotion Matters. Pp.15-39. University of Toronto Press. 2012.

Ethnography’s Expanding Warrants. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 642 (July): 258-275. 2012.

Time for New Urban Ethnographies.  Ethnography.  10 (3): 1-20. 2010.

Toward a Natural History of Ethical Censorship. Law & Society Review. 41 (4): 797-810. 2007.

How Emotions Work, University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Seductions of Crime.  New York: Basic Books. 1988. 



"Research Experience For Gang Impacted Youth," UCLA in LA, Center for Community Partnerships 

"LA at Play," NSF-REU. Ethnographic studies of meanings of public spaces.



publications with grad students: 
Provocative Looks: Gang Appearance and Dress Codes in an Inner-City Alternative School. Ethnography. (With Robert Garot). 2003. 

The Criminologists' Gang. In C. Sumner, ed., Blackwell Companion to Criminology. London: Blackwell. (With Curtis Jackson-Jacobs). 2004. 


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