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Culture, institutions and crime: testing institutional anomie theory with victimization data from Europe

Hirtenlehner, Helmut, Bacher, Johann, Oberwittler, Dietrich, Hummelsheim, Dina and Jackson, Jonathan (2010) Culture, institutions and crime: testing institutional anomie theory with victimization data from Europe. Monatsschrift Für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, 93 (4). pp. 274-299. ISSN 0026-9301

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Abstract

This study draws upon data from the European Social Survey to examine Messner und Rosenfeld's Institutional Anomie Theory. Institutional Anomie Theory tries to explain cross-national differences in crime rates by the interaction of society's cultural and institutional forces. The relevant state of research is unsatisfactory and full of gaps. Deficiencies exist especially with regard to the postulated cultural dynamics. The first explicitly European test of the theory is presented by this study. Findings from a series of multilevel models that include individual characteristics of the respondents and cultural and structural characteristics of the countries shed doubt on the theory's suitability to explain cross-national variations in victimisation risk across Europe. Neither the cultural imperatives of the 'American Dream' nor the extent of anomic orientations are connected in the expected manner with the crime rate.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.mschrkrim.de/servlet/PB/menu/1117973/in...
Additional Information: © 2010 Carl Heymanns Verlag
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Departments > Methodology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: ISI:000281538900003
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2010 09:06
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29481/

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