Sources of informal social control in Chicago neighborhoods

Eric Silver, Lisa L. Miller

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Abstract

Why do youth in structurally disadvantaged neighborhoods experience lower levels of informal social control? To answer this question, we examined multilevel data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. Using hierarchical regression, we found that (1) neighborhood attachment and satisfaction with police contributed significantly to neighborhood levels of informal social control; and (2) neighborhood attachment and satisfaction with police mediated a substantial portion of the association between informal social control and neighborhood levels of concentrated disadvantage and immigrant concentration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-584
Number of pages34
JournalCriminology
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

Keywords

  • Communities and crime
  • Informal social control
  • Social disorganization
  • Social ecology
  • Urban sociology

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