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NCJ Number: 74018 Find in a Library
Title: Criminogenic Correlates of Intermetropolitan Crime Rates, 1960 and 1970 (From Crime - A Spatial Perspective, P 109-122, 1980, Daniel E Georges-Abeyie and Keith D Harries, ed. - See NCJ-74011)
Author(s): M A Worden
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Columbia University Press
New York, NY 10025
Sale Source: Columbia University Press
562 W. 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The causes of intermetropolitan variation in the United States crime rates for 1960 and 1970 are examined.
Abstract: Ten crime categories reported in the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) are considered for each year studied. The UCR identifies the amount of total crime and its constituent parts, total violent crime and total property crime. The explanation for variation in crime rates was sought by using a series of measures that not only captured total metropolitan characteristics, but also central-city and outside-central-city attributes. In addition, absolute differences between central-city and outside-central-city characteristics were evaluated; for example, the median age of central-city and outside-central-city residents was considered, in addition to the absolute difference in median age between the two parts of the city. The major research interest was to monitor the relationship of crime rates in conjunction with the properties of these ecological units and the absolute differences between these ecological units. Absolute differences between central-city and outside-central-city proved, except in a few cases, to be singularly unimportant. Thus, the explanation offered in this analysis rests on the concept of relative deprivation or the perception of relative deprivation. Tabular data and 13 notes are provided. For related papers, see NCJ 74011. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Crime analysis; Crime Causes; Economic influences; Social conditions; Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program; Urban area studies
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