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NCJ Number: 94297 Find in a Library
Title: Income Inequality and Property Crime - A Cross-National Analysis of Relative Deprivation Theory
Journal: Criminology  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1984)  Pages:229-257
Author(s): S Stack
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 29
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Cultural issues that act as intervening variables in the inequality-crime relationship have been neglected in the literature on inequality and crime.
Abstract: The present article explores the interaction between inequality and variables thought to be associated with a perception that inequality is illegitimate. The central argument is that the strength of inequality-crime relationship is dependent on a contextual factor, a radical egalitarian culture promoting the view that inequality is illegitimate. Data on property crime from 62 nations are analyzed. The results generally indicate that neither inequality nor the interaction between inequality and egalitarian culture exerts independent effects on property crime. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): International crime statistics; Multinational studies; Property crime statistics
Note: Revision of a paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Toronto, 1982.
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