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Attitudes Toward Crime, Police, and the Law - Individual and Neighborhood Differences.

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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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. The studied showed that blacks and Latinos are less tolerant of deviance by teenagers then whites. In economically disadvantaged neighborhoods it showed that smoking, drinking, and fighting among youths and negative towards police and laws was tolerated.

In a new study done by "The Project on Human Development in Chicago

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