Unpacking the Racial Disparity in Crime from a Racialized General Strain Theory Perspective
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Criminologists have long theorized the relationship between race and crime using traditional criminological theories, suggesting that Blacks simply experience more factors conducive to crime than Whites. Race scholars have criticized this “add and stir” approach and, instead, argue for race-based explanations. Racialized General Strain Theory (RGST) is the first traditional approach to address this call to action. To date, however, little research has fully assessed RGST’s propositions. Using the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, we find mixed support for RGST. Findings also suggest racial differences in experiences and responses to strain are much more complicated than originally theorized.
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Deviant Behavior, v. 40, issue 12, p. 1445-1463
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Isom Scott, Deena A. and Grosholz, Jessica M., "Unpacking the Racial Disparity in Crime from a Racialized General Strain Theory Perspective" (2019). Criminology Sarasota Manatee Campus Faculty Publications. 42.