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Bridging structure and perception: on the neighbourhood ecology of beliefs and worries about violent crime

Brunton-Smith, Ian, Jackson, Jonathan and Sutherland, Alex (2014) Bridging structure and perception: on the neighbourhood ecology of beliefs and worries about violent crime. British Journal of Criminology, 54 (4). pp. 503-526. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

Applying Robert Sampson’s (2012) work on interdependent spatial patterns in a new setting, we link structural characteristics of the neighbourhood to public beliefs and worries about neighbourhood violence via two intermediate mechanisms: (1) collective efficacy and (2) neighbourhood disorder. Analysing data from face-to-face interviews of 61,436 individuals living in 4,761 London neighbourhoods, we find that the strength of informal social control mechanisms and the extent of low-level breaches of common standards of behaviour communicate information about the prevalence and threat of violent crime in one’s neighbourhood. Moreover, collective efficacy partially mediates many of the statistical effects of structural characteristics of the neighbourhood on beliefs and worries about violent crime. Theoretical implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2014 Oxford University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2014 12:19
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/56112/

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