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ERIC Number: EJ867760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 119
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Immigration and Youthful Illegalities in a Global Edge City
Dinovitzer, Ronit; Hagan, John; Levi, Ron
Social Forces, v88 n1 p337-372 Sep 2009
This research focuses on immigration and youthful illegalities in the Toronto area, one of the world's most ethnically diverse global cities. While current research documents a negative relationship between crime and immigration, there is little attention to individual level mechanisms that explain the paths through which immigrant youth refrain from illegalities. Through a study of two cohorts of adolescents across two generations (1976, 1999), we elaborate a process model that is generic over both generations, and in which measures of bonds to parents and schools, commitments to education, and dispositions of risk aversity mediate youth involvement in illegalities. By focusing on a period when non European immigration to Toronto increased dramatically, we then identify a compositional effect through which the more recent cohort is engaged in fewer illegalities. (Contains 3 figures, 5 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada