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Interracial Contact and Fear of Crime

Title: Interracial Contact and Fear of Crime.
Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Stewart, Eric A., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2010-01-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Despite a large literature on public views about crime, the racialization of crime, and the contact hypothesis, surprisingly little is known about how interracial friendships may influence Whites’ fear of crime. At the same time, and perhaps because no counterpart stereotype to that of “Blacks as criminals” exists, there has been little exploration of how such contact may influence Blacks’ fear of crime. To address these research gaps, this study built on prior theory and research and used data from an ABC News and Washington Post poll to test competing hypotheses about the effect of interracial contact on Whites’ and Blacks’ fear of crime, respectively. The analyses revealed that close interracial friendships are associated with increased fear of crime among Whites, decreased fear of crime among lower-income Blacks, and increased fear among higher-income Blacks. The implications for theory and research are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1464279389 (IID), 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2009.11.005 (DOI)
Publication Note: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license The publisher's version can be found at
Preferred Citation: Mears, Daniel P., and Eric A. Stewart. 2010. “Interracial Contact and Fear of Crime.” Journal of Criminal Justice 38(1):34-41.
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Criminal Justice.
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 38

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Mears, D. P., & Stewart, E. A. (2010). Interracial Contact and Fear of Crime. Journal Of Criminal Justice. Retrieved from