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NCJ Number: 157572 Find in a Library
Title: Toward a Theory of Race, Crime, and Urban Inequality (From Crime and Inequality, P 37-54, 1995, John Hagan and Ruth D. Peterson, eds. - See NCJ-157570)
Author(s): R J Sampson; W J Wilson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Stanford University Press
Stanford, CA 94305
Sale Source: Stanford University Press
Stanford, CA 94305
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter proposes a theoretical strategy that incorporates both structural and cultural arguments regarding race, crime, and inequality in American cities.
Abstract: This theory holds that macro-social patterns of residential inequality promote the social isolation and ecological concentration of the urban poor, which leads to structural barriers and cultural adaptations that undermine the social control of crime. An analysis of the empirical and theoretical evidence, based on this framework, leads to the conclusion that community level factors, including the ecological concentration of ghetto poverty, racial segregation, residential mobility, family disruption, and social organization are prime areas in which social policies aimed at crime prevention should focus.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Class discrimination; Community involvement; Minority crime causes; Racial discrimination; Statistics; Victims of Crime
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