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NCJ Number: 157168 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and the Racial Fears of White Americans
Journal: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science  Volume:539  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:59-71
Author(s): W G Skogan
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews empirical studies examining the correlations between fear of crime, residential integration, and racial prejudice among white Americans.
Abstract: The results in general support the conclusion that residential proximity to blacks is related to whites' fear of crime. Whites who disapprove of school and neighborhood integration tend to be more fearful. The effects of proximity and prejudice operate independently; whites who live closer to blacks register lower levels of prejudice than do those who live in separate neighborhoods. Despite these trends, blacks are more fearful of crime than whites, due in large part to neighborhood-level differences in crime victimization, social disorder, and physical decay which are associated with factors that make everyone more fearful of crime. 1 table, 3 figures, 22 notes, and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Black/White Attitude Comparisons; Fear of crime; Race relations; Racial discrimination
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