The United States is undergoing a historical racial and ethnic demographic shift. There is limited criminological research exploring if and how these changes influence variation in the relationship between routine activity theory and adolescent violence. Although the link between routine activities and victimization has been tested and well established, criminologists have questioned if routine activities can explain adolescent violence across different social contexts. Prior research demonstrates that there are potential nuances in the theoretical connections between routine activities and victimization, particularly when considering race and ethnicity. This study builds on previous research by questioning if the elements of routine activities predict victimization across predominately urban, rural, and suburban schools. The implications of the relevance of school context in the relationships between routine activities and adolescent victimization will also be discussed more generally.
Criminology | Race and Ethnicity | Social Work
Peguero, A.A., Portillos, E.L., Hong, J.S., González, J.C., Kahle, L.L., Shekarkhar, Z. (2013). Victimization, urbanicity, and the relevance of context: School routines, race and ethnicity, and adolescent violence. Journal of Criminology, 2013, 1-14, doi: 10.1155/2013/240637.