Attitudes Toward Crime, Police, and the Law - Individual and Neighborhood Differences.
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Attitudes Toward Crime, Police, and the Law: Individual and Neighborhood Differences. I like most Americans believed that crime, disorder and drug abuse was they way of life for lower income areas and cultural groups. I was very surprised by the article and the attitudes that different cultural societies had. The article focused on two studies, one that was done in New York and Philadelphia in urban neighborhoods and the other in Chicago urban neighborhoods by "The Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods." In New York and Philadelphia, they concluded that disadvantaged communities conventional values and street culture clashed. In national surveys it was shown there was no difference among social classes, races and ethnic groups in their attitudes toward violence. "The Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods" looked at racial and ethnic differences toward social deviance, the police and the law.
I was surprised to find that whites, blacks nor Latinos represented a majority of the population. The study found that Chicago residents where intolerant of teenager's behavior of social deviance. This was then broken down to racial and ethnic groups. Blacks and Latinos are less tolerant of deviance then whites: 42 percent of blacks and 47 percent of Latinos show little tolerance for deviance, whites 31 percent. The race/ethnic differences toward fighting showed that 42 percent of whites, 54 percent of blacks, and 63 percent of Latinos viewed this as extremely wrong. This study on teenage deviance clearly shows that this population of people does care about teenage deviance. So many times we have stereotyped this group and the findings show that they the race and cultures do care about deviance and it is not tolerated.
But, minority groups where intolerant of deviance and whites where not. The level of legal cynicism between blacks and whites where found to be similar. Blacks where more cynical and dissatisfies with the police then whites though. In neighborhoods of high crime rate there was no difference between races in attitudes toward police. It appeared that racial differences disappear when neighborhood context is considered. So, neighborhood context rather then race contributes to the attitudes of legal cynicism. The findings in this article opened my eyes to new views about race, ethnic groups, crimes and law. As the study concluded there is no link to race or ethnicity-based subculture of violence. Neighborhood context is the influencing attitudes and beliefs about crime and the law. Thus, it shows that people live with-in a community of social norms (expected form of behavior.) The community has their values and morals that as a whole they abide by, it is not raced or ethnic based.
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