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Culture and Formal Social Control

Title: Culture and Formal Social Control: The Effect of the Code of the Street on Police and Court Decision-making.
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Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Stewart, Eric A., author
Warren, Patricia Y., author
Simons, Ronald L., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2016-03-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Objectives. Drawing on several interrelated lines of scholarship, we argue that cultural beliefs at individual and neighborhood levels may affect police and court decisions. We hypothesize that individuals who more strongly adhere to the code of the street or reside in areas where the street code culture is more strongly embraced will be more likely to be arrested and convicted, and that neighborhood-level effects will amplify the effect of street code adherence. Methods. To test these hypotheses, data from the Family and Community Health Study are examined using multilevel modeling. Results. Blacks who more strongly adhered to street code beliefs were more likely to be arrested and convicted; this effect was greater among those who resided in areas where the code of the street belief system was more entrenched. Conclusions. The findings highlight the potential usefulness of a focus on culture for understanding the exercise of formal social control.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548709286_c8e3ff5b (IID), 10.1080/07418825.2016.1149599 (DOI)
Keywords: street code, police, court, social control, decision-making
Publication Note: The version of record can be found at https://www.doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2016.1149599
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548709286_c8e3ff5b
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Justice Quarterly.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 34

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Mears, D. P., Stewart, E. A., Warren, P. Y., & Simons, R. L. (2016). Culture and Formal Social Control: The Effect of the Code of the Street on Police and Court Decision-making. Justice Quarterly. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548709286_c8e3ff5b