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NCJ Number: 169786 Find in a Library
Title: Poverty, Ethnicity, and Violent Crime
Author(s): J F Short Jr
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 256
Sponsoring Agency: Westview Press, Inc
Boulder, CO 80301
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8133-2014-3
Sale Source: Westview Press, Inc
Marketing Director
5500 Central Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This review and analysis of the literature on the role of poverty and ethnicity in violent crime contends fewer resources should be spent on prison construction and administration and more resources should be allocated to social policy research and to the building of "social capital" through community institutions.
Abstract: The book contains 10 chapters, the first of which presents historical background information on links between poverty, ethnicity, and violent crime and the ecological distribution of violent crime. The next three chapters are devoted to the measurement of violent crime, explanations of violent crime, and community and neighborhood contexts of violent crime. Subsequent chapters address the role of unsupervised youth groups in violence, the nature of violent behavior committed in groups, macrosocial factors in violent crime, and biobehavioral influences and control associated with violent crime at the individual level. The final two chapters explore the role of learning, personality, and social contexts in explaining violence and violence prevention strategies and policy options. 514 references, 41 notes, 7 tables, and 18 figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Economic influences; Ethnic groups; Gangs; Group behavior; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Poverty and crime; Social conditions; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency; Sociological analyses; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent crime statistics; Violent crimes
Note: Crime and Society Series
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