Fear of Crime among Inner-City African Americans

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Scott uses a systemic social-control approach to explain inner-city African Americans? fear of crime from their perspective. Perceptions of neighborhood disorder (intra-community control) and views of local police (extra-community control) predict fear of local violent and property crime. Perceived crime-risk is a mediating factor between these fears and the two systemic factors. The systemic argument was supported: perceived local disorder and negative views of police increased residents? fear of crime. Central ...
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Overview

Scott uses a systemic social-control approach to explain inner-city African Americans? fear of crime from their perspective. Perceptions of neighborhood disorder (intra-community control) and views of local police (extra-community control) predict fear of local violent and property crime. Perceived crime-risk is a mediating factor between these fears and the two systemic factors. The systemic argument was supported: perceived local disorder and negative views of police increased residents? fear of crime. Central to any reduction in inner-city African Americans? fear of crime is their perception that there be strong intra- and extra-community control barriers between themselves and crime
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Table of Contents

Tables ix
Figures xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction: Understanding African Americans' Fear of Victimization 1
1. The Role of Perceived Systemic Control 5
Systemic Social Disorganization Theory 13
2. Examining the Fear of Victimization Literature 29
Conceptual Dilemmas in the Study of Fear 30
The Problem of Specification 33
Measurement Issues 35
Sampling Issues 43
Disorder and Fear of Victimization 45
Perceived Crime-Risk and Fear of Victimization 49
Local Police, Perceived Crime-Risk, and Fear of Victimization 53
Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Perceived Crime-Risk, and Fear of Victimization 61
3. Modeling African Americans' Fear of Victimization 65
The Models 65
Hypotheses 68
The Study 74
The Data 74
A Brief Description of the City, Neighborhoods, and Sample 77
Operationalization of Variables 80
4. Results 93
Zero-Ordered Correlations Among All Model Variables 93
Multivariate Results 101
Perceived Crime-Risk 101
Fear of Personal Crime 104
Fear of Property Crime 108
5. Discussion, Conclusions, and Social Policy Implications 113
Synopsis 113
Discussion of Results 114
Linkages between Disorder, Perceived Crime-Risk, and Offense Specific Fears 114
Linkages between Perceived Local Police Unprofessionalism, Perceived Crime-Risk, and Offense-Specific Fears 118
The Effects of Socio-Demographic Characteristics on Perceived Crime-Risk, and Offense-Specific Fears 121
Appendices
A. Wording of All Model Variables 131
B. Missing Values Analysis (MVA) 135
C. Scale Construction 145
D. Investigating Home Invasion: Factor Analysis of Offense-Specific Fears 149
References 153
Index 163
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