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NCJ Number: 35387 Find in a Library
Title: SPONTANEOUS VIGILANTISM - A BYSTANDER RESPONSE TO CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR (FROM VIGILANTE POLITICS, 1976 BY H JON ROSENBAUM AND PETER C SEDERBERG - SEE NCJ-35385)
Author(s): R L SHOTLAND
Corporate Author: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publicity Manager
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: University of Pennsylvania Press
Baltimore, MD 21211
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE AUTHOR PRESENTS A THEORETICAL RATIONALE EXPLORING THE CAUSES THAT LEAD TO SPONTANEOUS FORMS OF VIGILANTE BEHAVIOR BY PEOPLE WHO WERE FORMERLY CARRYING OUT NORMAL DAILY ACTIVITIES.
Abstract: THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE AND A STUDY OF STATISTICS RELATING TO INCIDENTS OF SUCH VIGILATISM IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SAID THAT SPONTANEOUS VIGILANTISM AS A RESPONSE TO A CRIMINAL ACT MAY BE EXPECTED AFTER A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED OR A RUMOR EXISTS INDICATING THAT A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED, WHERE THE INTERPRETATION OF THE INCIDENT IS UNAMBIGUOUS AND CLEAR, AND WHERE THE OPINION OF THE BYSTANDERS OR COMMUNITY IS UNANIMOUS CONCERNING THE BLAME FOR THE CRIME. SUCH ACTIVITY IS MOST LIKELY IN HIGH-CRIME AREAS WHERE CRIME MAY BE EXPECTED TO BE OF SPECIAL CONCERN TO THE RESIDENTS, AND WITHIN ETHNIC AREAS WHERE PEOPLE CAN DEVELOP A SENSE OF EMPATHY FOR ONE ANOTHER. OTHER CONTRIBUTING FACTORS MAY BE A POPULATION WHICH FEELS THAT THE LEGAL PROCESS IS INADEQUATE IN DEALING WITH THE CRIME PROBLEM, AND OF GOAL-BLOCKING OR FRUSTRATION. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Crowd behavior; Literature; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Statistics; Vigilantes; Vigilantism causes
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