Boyles’s research focuses on topics such as racial segregation and neighborhood containment, poverty, black citizen-police conflict, neighborhood gun violence, social ties and gendered-centered networks, and social movements and collective action. Overarching themes in Boyles’s writings include socio-historical examinations of race and ethnicity; the significance of place and racial-spatial politics in driving policies and conflict; the social construction and intersection of race, gender, and class discrimination; community and neighborhood disorder; racial consciousness, resilience, and socio-political mobilization; and social control.
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Researches extended traditional examinations of racialized policing in urban spaces to examine Black residents’ experiences of policing in suburban locations, such as Ferguson.
Explains de facto segregation as perpetual, cyclic, and institutionally linked to political alienation, crime, and black citizen-police conflict. Describes how cumulative factors show the residual effects of racial and ethnic construction, colonization, and enslavement.
Shows encounters between black citizens and police in urban communities, there have been limited analyses of such encounters in suburban settings. Examines a fraught police-citizen interface, where blacks are segregated and yet forced to negotiate overlapping spaces with their more affluent white counterparts.
Vivid three year participant ethnography of Ferguson protests. Offers an everyday montage of direct action, social ties, and empowerment and examines how black citizens work to combat disorder, crime, and police conflict, amid twenty-first century resistance.