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NCJ Number: 228564 Find in a Library
Title: Whites' Concern About Crime: The Effects of Interracial Contact
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:46  Issue:4  Dated:November 2009  Pages:524-552
Author(s): Daniel P. Mears; Christina Mancini; Eric A. Stewart
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 29
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined factors that shape public opinion about crime and whether interracial contact increased or decreased Whites’ concern about crime being a problem.
Abstract: The results highlight the potential role that interracial contact plays in Whites' views about crime and especially the possibility that among urban Whites such contact may increase concern about crime. In addition, it highlights the importance of developing more nuanced measures of contact and including information about the settings in which it occurs. Implications of these findings for theory, research, and policy were discussed. Public opinion about crime has received considerable attention from researchers, with one highlighting the racialization of crime as a factor central to public opinion and policy discourse. Drawing on this work and studies on the effects of interracial contact, this study sought to advance theory and research on public opinion about crime. Data were drawn from an ABC News and Washington Post poll to test competing hypotheses about the effects of interracial friendship among Whites on concern about local and national crime. Tables, figure, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of Crime
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Caucasian/White Americans; Minorities; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Race relations; Racial discrimination
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