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Robert D. Crutchfield

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717073

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717073.001.0001

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Lessons from the Hole in the Wall Gang

Lessons from the Hole in the Wall Gang

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(p.159) 6 Lessons from the Hole in the Wall Gang
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Robert D. Crutchfield

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814717073.003.0006

This chapter examines rural areas in the United States where a broader consideration of employment, economic, and stratification forces aid in the understanding important variations in both individual criminality and in crime and delinquency rates. It also considers studies conducted outside the United States. For the people growing up in the rural areas, farming was the only viable employment option. However, this did not promise an economically prosperous working-class life that the urban steel mill workers enjoyed, thus leading to crime-conducive situations. From rural areas one can find additional arguments for building in not just how we might classify jobs into the primary and secondary sector, but how the local populace defines the jobs that are available to them.

Keywords:   rural areas, United States, employment, stratification forces, individual criminality, crime, delinquency, farming, working-class, local populace

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