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NCJ Number: 230243 Find in a Library
Title: East Meets West: Chinese and U.S. College Students' Views on Formal and Informal Crime Control
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:54  Issue:2  Dated:April 2010  Pages:264-284
Author(s): Shanhe Jiang; Erich Lambert; Morris Jenkins
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 21
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined survey data to determine the importance of each form of social control among Chinese and U.S. college students.
Abstract: Both formal and informal crime control are used to deter people from engaging in criminal behavior that is harmful to the well-being of society. Formal criminal justice control uses the law and official government agencies to promote compliance, whereas informal criminal justice control uses morals and social institutions to encourage people to be law abiding. Chinese students were more likely to view formal and informal crime control as important mechanisms. Furthermore, Chinese students ranked the blending of formal and informal crime control as being more important. Tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Attitude measurement; Crime control policies; Crime control theory; Cross-cultural analyses; Cross-cultural comparisons; Informal social control
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