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ERIC Number: EJ804570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4278
Reassessing the Racial Divide in Support for Capital Punishment: The Continuing Significance of Race
Unnever, James D.; Cullen, Francis T.
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, v44 n1 p124-158 2007
This project investigates the racial divide in support for capital punishment. The authors examine whether race has a direct effect on support for capital punishment and test whether the influence of race varies across class, being a native southerner, confidence in government officials, political orientation, and religious affiliation. Using data drawn from the General Social Survey, they find a substantial racial divide, with African Americans much less likely to support the death penalty. Furthermore, the analysis revealed little support for the "spurious/social convergence" hypothesis; shared factors that might be expected to bring African Americans and Whites together--class, confidence in government, conservative politics, regional location, and religious fundamentalism--either did not narrow African American-White punishment attitudes or, at best, had only modest effects. The Results suggest that the racial divide in support for capital punishment is likely to remain a point of symbolic contention in African American-White conceptions of criminal injustice in the United States. (Contains 2 tables and 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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