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NCJ Number: 150022 Find in a Library
Title: Setting the Public Agenda: Street Crime and Drug Use in American Politics
Journal: Social Problems  Volume:41  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1994)  Pages:425-447
Author(s): K Beckett
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 23
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Factors associated with shifts in public attitudes and levels of public concern about crime and drugs are examined using OLS regression techniques and other analytic methods.
Abstract: Data came from FBI Uniform Crime Index reports for 1964-74, the Household Survey on Drug Abuse sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Television News Index and Abstracts, the New York Times Index, and public opinion surveys conducted by the Gallup Poll and the New York Times/CBS News. Results indicate that government and, to some extent, media initiatives on these issues are associated with public concern about street crime and drug abuse. Findings support constructionist accounts of the politicization of crime and drugs by demonstrating that the definitional activities of the government and the media, rather than the reported incidence of crime or drug abuse, has shaped public concern regarding those issues. Figures, tables, footnotes, and 64 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Drug Abuse
Index Term(s): Criminology; Media coverage; Political influences; Public Opinion of Crime
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