Macrostructural analyses of race, ethnicity, and violent crime: Recent lessons and new directions for research

Ruth D. Peterson, Lauren J. Krivo

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Abstract

In 1995, Sampson & Wilson assessed the state of knowledge on race and violence and set forth an approach for future research. We review macrostructural analyses of race, ethnicity, and violent crime since 1995 to evaluate progress in explaining inequality in criminal violence across racial and ethnic groups. Among the important advances are studies that attempt to gain insights from explicit comparisons of racially distinct but structurally similar communities, expansion of work beyond the black-white divide, and incorporation of macrostructural factors into multilevel models of racial/ ethnic differences in violence. Yet, progress is limited in all these directions, and additional questions remain. Thus, we offer a perspective and suggestions for future research that will expand knowledge on this important topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-356
Number of pages26
JournalAnnual Review of Sociology
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Deviance
  • Neighborhood effects
  • Racial/ethnic inequality
  • Social control
  • Structural disadvantage
  • Urban crime

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