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Whites’ Concern about Crime

Title: Whites’ Concern about Crime: The Effects of Interracial Contact.
Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Mancini, Christina, author
Stewart, Eric A., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2009-11-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In recent decades, crime has emerged as a prominent policy focus nationally. Accordingly, a large literature on public views about crime has developed, one strand of which highlights the racialization of crime as a factor central to public opinion and policy discourse. Drawing on this work and studies on the effects of interracial contact, the authors seek to advance theory and research on public opinion about crime.To this end, they draw on data from an ABC News and Washington Post poll to test competing hypotheses about the effects of interracial friendship among Whites on concern about local and national crime. The results suggest that interracial contact increases concern about crime among urban Whites.The authors discuss the implications of these findings for theory, research, and policy.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1464882407 (IID), 10.1177/0022427809341944 (DOI)
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Preferred Citation: Mears, Daniel P., Christina Mancini, and Eric A. Stewart. 2009. “Whites’ Concern about Crime: The Effects of Interracial Contact.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 46(4):524-552.
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
Issue: iss. 4, vol. 46

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Mears, D. P., Mancini, C., & Stewart, E. A. (2009). Whites’ Concern about Crime: The Effects of Interracial Contact. Journal Of Research In Crime And Delinquency. Retrieved from