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Authors: Neil Alan Weiner and Margaret A. Zahn

Title: Violence Arrests in the City

Subtitle: The Philadelphia Story, 1857-1980

In: Violence in America (Vol. 1: The History of Crime)

Edited by: Ted Robert Gurr

Place: London

Publisher: Sage Publications

Year: 1989

Edition: Third Edition

Pages: 102-121

Series: Violence, Cooperation, Peace: An International Series

ISBN-10: 0803932278 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN.10: 0803932286 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century, 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Prosecution: Statistics


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Margaret A. Zahn, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University

Abstract: »Results showed that overall violent crime first rose gently from the early 1860's to the early 1920's and then role sharply and nearly continuously from 1960 to 1980. However, patterns differed among the specific types of criminal violence. Murder fluctuated from 1857 through 1940, rose steeply from 1960 to the early 1970's and then declined rapidly. In contrast, rape and aggravated assault rose through the first quarter of the 20th century but behaved differently over the last 2 decades, with rape decreasing and then increasing and aggravated assault generally rising. The divergent patterns indicate that violent crimes vary and require specific but integrated explanations. In addition, a comparison with Boston data show different patterns in the two cities.« (Source: NCJRS Abstracts Database)


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