The relationship between race, income and criminal victimization over time.

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Canda McGregor

Intro to Sociology

Fall 2014

The relationship between race, income and criminal victimization over time. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which provides summary statics on criminal victimization based on a nationally representative sample for wide range of crimes. The NCVS suggest the property crime victimization has become increasingly concentrated on the poor. Mid 1970's poor households were burglarized less than higher income households. This changed in 1994, when poor households were 60 percent more likely to be burglarized than wealthier households. The second source was the neighborhood-level Chicago homicide data. Homicide rates at a point in time are generally related to median family income. However, this relationship has weakened over time for blacks and disappeared completely for whites by 1990.

The theoretical definition of poverty is the difficulty or inability to acquiring basic necessities of life due to lack of money. Poverty is a dependent variable and can change at any time and also change the outcome of the crime being committed.

Another variable is race. This is a social concept used to categorize humans into large and distinct populations or groups by anatomical, cultural, ethnic, religious or social affli. Race is affiliation an independent variable because it never changes. You can't wake up one morning and decide to be black one day and white the next.

The population for the research paper includes survey data from a nationally representative sample from a wide range of crimes which has been a cross-sectional analysis of American cities, metropolitan areas, counties or states. This sample was the neighborhood-level Chicago city's 76 neighborhoods also called communities with the more specific crime being homicide and illustrates rates between white and black income and crime rates.

The data used for this research was the census and a national survey. The advantage of...