Social Structure and Informal Social Control in Rural Communities

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dc.creator Li, Yuh-Yuh 2011-12-07T16:36:12Z 2011-12-07T16:36:12Z 2011-12
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Rural Criminology, v1, n1 (December, 2011), p. 63-88 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1835-6672
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between social structure and crime in rural counties of the United States. Social structures are assumed to be associated with informal control of crime, and as well, it is assumed that structural changes in rural communities influence changes in the level of informal social control of crime, hence, crime itself. Social disorganization theory provides a useful macro-level study frame for this study. The county is the study unit. Data from 2,050 non-metropolitian counties were collected, using three different sources: the census, the FBI Uniform Crime Report, and the USDA Economic Research Service. US Counties data files of the US Bureau of Census provide the demographic and social economic variables for 1990 and 2000.The results show that social structural change in rural communities reduces social control in rural communities to some extent. The applications of findings are discussed in terms of future research on crime in rural communities. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Ohio State University. Libraries en_US
dc.rights The author retains copyright ownership of this article. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the author. en_US
dc.subject social disorganization theory en_US
dc.subject informal social control en_US
dc.subject rural communities en_US
dc.subject social change en_US
dc.title Social Structure and Informal Social Control in Rural Communities en_US
dc.type Article en_US