The Misunderstanding of Mexican Community Life in Urban Apartment Space: A Case Study in Applied Anthropology and Community Policing:
RAMONA L. PÉREZ
The increasing diversity of our urban centers has created a growing stress on social service based entities such as schools, medical facilities, workforce agencies, police forces, and urban planners. Anthropology's collaboration with many of these service agencies has been significant but has rarely included police forces. Recent changes in the philosophy and mission of police agencies toward a more community based and collaborative framework provides an immense opportunity for anthropologists to address the tensions created by misinterpretations of cultural practices and norms between the police and communities they serve. This essay employs a case study framework of a completed project to demonstrate the collaborations possible between anthropology, city planners, grassroots community groups and police agencies. [applied anthropology, community policing, Mexican migrants in urban space, urban renewal, rural to urban migration].