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NCJ Number: 235818 Find in a Library
Title: Moralistic Street Robbery
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:54  Issue:4  Dated:October 2008  Pages:511-531
Author(s): Bruce A. Jacobs; Richard Wright
Date Published: October 2008
Page Count: 21
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses street robbery and that recent research suggests that the crime may be designed more to send a message than to generate capital.
Abstract: Street robbery is widely seen as the epitome of acquisitive instrumentality, yet recent research suggests that the crime may be designed more to send a message than to generate capital. Drawing from in-depth, semistructured interviews with active offenders, we find that moralistic street robbery is a response to one of three types of violations. Market-related violations emerge from disputes involving partners in trade, rivals, or generalized predators. Status-based violations involve encounters in which the grievant's essential character or normative sensibilities have been challenged. Personalistic violations flow from incidents in which the grievant's autonomy or belief in a just world have been jeopardized. Discussion focuses on the data's implications for deterrence and the spread of urban violence. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime Causes; Deterrence; Offense characteristics; Robbery; Street crimes; Urban criminality; Violence
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