Crime on the Border: Immigration and Homicide in Urban Communities

Crime on the Border: Immigration and Homicide in Urban Communities

Crime on the Border: Immigration and Homicide in Urban Communities

Crime on the Border: Immigration and Homicide in Urban Communities

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Matthew T. Lee is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Akron.

Excerpt

This book examines the relationship between ethnicity, immigration, and homicide in three “border” cities: El Paso, Miami, and San Diego. This examination makes substantive, methodological, and theoretical contributions to the sociological literature on the structural covariates of violence, and has relevance for contemporary public policy debates and popular understandings of immigration and crime. Substantively, this study offers compelling empirical evidence that casts doubt on the validity of the popular stereotype of the “criminal immigrant,” and the related scholarly notion that immigration (as an engine of social change) disrupts communities and facilitates crime. Methodologically, the present work demonstrates the value of count-based (Poisson) regression models for census tract-level analyses, and provides a strategy for integrating quantitative methods and qualitative mapping techniques in macrological research on violence. Theoretically, the results of this study clarify the role of ethnicity and immigration as important components of the context in which community patterns of violence are generated, thus . . .

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