Chris Uggen's Blog: new nij research in brief: neighborhood effects on violence

Monday, September 17, 2007

new nij research in brief: neighborhood effects on violence

the national institute of justice has released a new research in brief on the chicago neighborhoods project of rob sampson and colleagues. at one time, nij did much more of this sort of thing, releasing extraordinarily useful "ribs" that summarized grantees' research.

in this report, i find the immigration results most intriguing:

Less violence was committed by youth living in neighborhoods with more first-generation immigrants and where more residents were employed in professional and managerial occupations. Youth living in neighborhoods where adult residents were more cynical about the law also reported more violence. Once these factors were accounted for, the neighborhoods’ racial composition did not matter. - p. 7.


At 9:22 AM, Blogger Kim said...

This strikes me as reasonably consistent with the arguments about segmented assimilation (e.g., Min Zhou).

At 6:26 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

i agree that's part of the story, kim. i think rob also makes a good point about the high baseline levels of violence in the u.s., such that an infusion of new immigrants from most parts of the world can't help but reduce or "dilute" the ambient level of violence in american communities.


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