Ethnicity, Race, and Crime

Perspectives Across Time and Place

Edited by Darnell F. Hawkins

Subjects: Sociology
Series: SUNY series in New Directions in Crime and Justice Studies
Paperback : 9780791421963, 400 pages, February 1995
Hardcover : 9780791421956, 400 pages, February 1995

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Table of contents


Marvin E. Wolfgang


Darnell F. Hawkins

Part I: Theoretical and Conceptual Issues

1. Ethnicity, Race, and Crime: A Review of Selected Studies

Darnell F. Hawkins

2. Race, Class and Sociobiological Perspectives on Crime

Thomas A. Regulus

Part II: Historical Perspectives

3. Ethnicity, Acculturation, and Opportunities: A Study of Two Generations

Joan McCord

4. The Political Threat of Immigrant Groups and Police Aggressiveness in 1900 M.

Craig Brown and Barbara D. Warner

5. Racial Factors in New York City Homicides, 1800-1874

Eric Monkkonen

6. Violence toward African Americans in the Era of the White Lynch Mob

E. M. Beck and Stewart E. Tolnay

7. The New South's "New" Black Criminal: Rape and Punishment in Georgia, 1870-1940

Martha A. Myers

Part III: Contemporary Issues and Debates

8. Race and Crime Trends in the United States, 1946-1990

Gary LaFree

9. Ethnicity, Labor Markets, and Crime

Robert D. Crutchfield

10. Crack Use, Crime by Crack Users, and Ethnicity Dorothy Lockwood,

Anne E. Pottieger, and James A. Inciardi

11. Crime Control and Ethnic Minorities: Legitimizing Racial Oppression by Creating Moral Panics

William J. Chambliss

12. The Contribution of Institutionalized Racism to Minority Crime

Coramae Richey Mann

13. Race and Imprisonment: A Contextual Assessment of the Evidence

Theodore G. Chiricos and Charles Crawford

14. Self-Determination and American Indian Justice: Tribal versus Federal Jurisdiction on Indian Lands

Zoann K. Snyder-Joy

15. Ethnicity, Race, and Crime: German and Non-German Suspects, 1960-1990

Roland Chilton, Raymond Teske, and Harald Arnold

16. Minority Group Threat, Crime, and the Mobilization of Law in France

Pamela Irving Jackson


Subject Index

Author Index

This book examines both historical and contemporary patterns of crime and justice among white ethnics and nonwhite racial groups in the United States.


Researchers have long noted that rates of reported crime and punishment are higher for some ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. than for others. Comparatively high rates of crime have been reported for white ethnic Americans during the past and some groups of racial minorities today. These observations have prompted much public debate and acrimony, but surprisingly little research. Contributors include Thomas A. Regulus; Joan McCord; M. Craig Brown and Barbara D. Warner; Eric Monkkonen; E. M. Beck and Stewart E. Tolnay; Martha A. Myers; Gary LaFree; Robert D. Crutchfield; Dorothy Lockwood, Anne E. Pottieger, and James A. Inciardi; William Chambliss; Coramae Richey Mann; Theodore G. Chiricos and Charles Crawford; Zoann Snyder Joy; Roland Chilton, Raymond Teske, and Harald Arnold; Pamela Irving Jackson; and Darnell F. Hawkins

Darnell F. Hawkins is Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


"This volume is the most luminous I have read on this topic for many years. There is a boldness here of thought, theory, concepts. There is depth and comprehensiveness. The authors in this collection illuminate the meaning of racism in ways that go beyond sheer advocacy. The scientificity (an audibly crunching but truthful term) of these chapters is abundantly and fortunately clear....I think this collection will become a classic." — From the Foreword by Marvin E. Wolfgang