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ERIC Number: EJ808658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Researching Drug Robbery
Jacobs, Bruce A.; Wright, Richard
Crime & Delinquency, v54 n4 p511-531 2008
Street robbery is widely seen as the epitome of acquisitive instrumentality, yet recent research suggests that the crime may be designed more to send a message than to generate capital. Drawing from in-depth, semistructured interviews with active offenders, we find that moralistic street robbery is a response to one of three types of violations. "Market-related" violations emerge from disputes involving partners in trade, rivals, or generalized predators. "Status-based" violations involve encounters in which the grievant's essential character or normative sensibilities have been challenged. "Personalistic" violations flow from incidents in which the grievant's autonomy or belief in a just world have been jeopardized. Discussion focuses on the data's implications for deterrence and the spread of urban violence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri