Race and Crime

Alex R. Piquero, Terrie E. Moffitt and Brian Lawton

in Our Children, Their Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226319889
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226319919 | DOI:
Race and Crime

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This chapter provides some initial evidence that may be used as a starting point in studying the race–crime link. The chapter describes how contextual-, familial-, and individual-level models attempt to account for patterns of antisocial behavior in urban communities. The argument presented is that individual and familial risks are exacerbated in the most disadvantaged communities, especially those disadvantaged communities in which African Americans are overrepresented. Race-specific models are examined to determine if the constellation of contextual-, familial-, and individual-level risk factors predict antisocial behavior differently for whites and African Americans, as well as across distinct neighborhood contexts. The chapter begins with a vignette of three teenagers, each residing in the same underclass neighborhood, whose developmental trajectories are unique.

Keywords: race; crime; urban communities; African Americans; race-specific models; antisocial behavior

Chapter.  17961 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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