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Community CriminologyFundamentals of Spatial and Temporal Scaling, Ecological Indicators, and Selectivity Bias$
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Ralph B. Taylor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814725498

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814725498.001.0001

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Three Core Community Crime Sequences

Three Core Community Crime Sequences

(p.25) 2 Three Core Community Crime Sequences
Community Criminology

Ralph B. Taylor

NYU Press

This chapter examines the production of macro-level rates of crime and criminality, for adults and juveniles, and victimization. Understanding the causes and consequences of community-level crime and criminality is at the heart of community criminology. Considerable previous work has simply accepted these rates or counts as “givens.” Such strict operationism creates perils. In an effort to avoid these hazards and reinvigorate conceptual thinking around the relevant macro-level dynamics, three distinct but related core community crime sequences are proposed and outlined: delinquency, adult offending, and victimization. Of interest is how these sequences are ecologically produced and maintained; how the ecological sequences may be related to individual-level dynamics; how they address the question of ecological continuity; and how the sequences illuminate both adjacency effects and prevalence/incidence slippages.

Keywords:   community crime rates, community criminology, criminality, delinquency, adult offending, victimization

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