SOCI 304 Lecture 6: SOCI 304 race, ethnicity, gender, crime and victimization

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SOCI 304
2/6/17
Lecture 6:
Race, Ethnicity, Gender Crime and Victimization
I. Race and Crime/ Victimization
Patterns by race and ethnicity
i. Non-Hispanic whites commit the most crime, but also represent majority of
population, so rates are lower structural disadvantages and policy
White-collar crime?
Violent and property crime?
Disproportionality: race and arrest rates
Homicide data
i. African Americans are overrepresented in crime and prisons
Race/ethnicity and crime patterns
Latinos have higher rates of serious crime and victimization than non-Hispanic whites,
but have lower rates than African Americans
i. Latinos live in structurally disadvantaged homes
ii. Poverty
iii. Unemployment
II. Theoretical Perspectives: Race and Crime
Sampson and Wilson
i. Communities:
ii. Study done by Shaw and McKay:
1. High rates of delinquency persisted in certain locations of Chicago over
years
2. Regardless of population turnover
3. When people moved into cities, crime and delinquency increased
iii. Emphasis on community rather than individual characteristics
Concentric circles:
High
Low
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