Violence on the Street

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Title:
Violence on the Street
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16 slides
Language:
English
Creator:
Bethel, Nicolette
SOS 200 Undergraduate students
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College of The Bahamas
Place of Publication:
Nassau, Bahamas.
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Violence--Junkanoo--Bahamas   ( lcsh )

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General Note:
A study of violence at Junkanoo parades.

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College of The Bahamas
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College of The Bahamas
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Violence on the StreetNicolette Bethel & Students of the class of SOS 200 Fall Semester 2009

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“Junkanooshouldn't be ‘safe’…The risk, the intensity, the vile railings and emotions is apart of the authentic experience ... Though I feel safe, its simply because I choose not to be paranoid. The thrill is in the risk, if that changed I wouldn't attend.”—Anonymous respondent, October/November 2009

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Violence on the Street• A study of violence at Junkanoo parades • Conducted October November 2009 • 504 people surveyed about their perceptions of safety at the Junkanoo parades • Asked about acts of violence they witnessed or participated in at Junkanoo

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Questions• How safe do you feel at the Junkanoo parade? • Does how unsafe you feel affect your attendance? • What acts of violence have you witnessed at Junkanoo? • In what acts of violence have you participated at Junkanoo?

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Demographics• 70% of respondents female • 76% of respondents between ages of 18 25

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How safe do you feel at Junkanoo?

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How safe do you feel at Junkanoo?

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Does feeling unsafe affect your attendance?

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Does feeling unsafe affect your attendance?

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Analysis• Overall, 55.5% of respondents felt safe at Junkanoo • 61% of males said they feel safe at Junkanoo as opposed to 53% of females • Though the difference is not statistically significant, the data tend in the direction of saying women are less likely to feel safe at Junkanoo than men

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Analysis• When it comes to safety and attendance at Junkanoo, females are more likely than males to allow their feelings of insecurity at the parade affect their attendance • People over 25 are also more likely than people 18 25 to allow their feelings of insecurity at the parade affect their attendance

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Acts of Violence at Junkanoo

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Comments –Other acts of violence• “stealing seats on bleachers and threatening those who question same” • “Harrassment, stalking, discrimination (culture)” • “smack talking with other groups”

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Comments –Other acts of violence• “Jumping up and down on the trees, shaking the trees, banging on windows, sitting on people cars ndnt want move”

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Comments –Other acts of violence• “In the late 90s I was on Shirley Street watching the parade and was caught between two rival gang movement and the police. There was a stampede (literally a wave) people were being push, shoved, squeezed up against the building. Some people were being crushed. My husband, young daughter and I escaped by going over the baricade into the parade route. That was my last time going to Junkanoo in Nassau.”

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Suggestions for improvement• “have the side streets better lit and policed. There seems to be more focus on securing paid seating rather than safety of the crowd.” • “you can place atleast two security per section and equipped them with a taser”

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Suggestions for improvement• “My only suggestion is to close off some of the entry points so you can have better control of the crowd and search who ever comes in, other than that I think you will always have people coming to junkanoo with weapons.”

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Suggestions for improvement• “By showing the public that is is safe to come out their homes and coming to bay street to watch how our culture have grown and by doing this they will see that watching it on a television is not a great experience unless you are there.”

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Suggestions for improvement• “I don't think it should be; The risk, the intensity, the vile railings and emotions is apart of the authentic experience. Junkanoo shouldn't be "safe". Though I feel safe, its simply because I choose not to be paranoid. The thrill is in the risk, if that changed I wouldn't attend”

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Suggestions for improvement• “Junkanooneeds to be run like a business with the attendant considerations, which might include the deployment if necessary of private security at specific points. However, other more creative ways could also be sought, some of which might involve the engagement of a municipal police force or a changing of the route.”