The Criminal Justice Research Center Criminology Forum

Date 11/21/19 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Presenter(s) Corina Graif, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Penn State
Location 102 Burrowes Building, Zoom

Connected Communities and Neighborhood Crime: Structural Isolation, Homophily in Inter-Neighborhood Commuting Ties, and Network Spillover Effects

This study highlights the need to assess the external dimension of neighborhood isolation, the disconnectedness from other neighborhoods in the city. The study further extends the literature by integrating standard criminological methods with machine learning and computational statistics approaches to investigate the extent to which neighborhood crime depends on the disadvantage of areas connected to it through commuting. The findings suggest that connected communities can influence each other from a distance and that connectivity to less disadvantaged work hubs may decrease local crime-with implications for advancing knowledge on the relational ecology of crime, structural and social isolation, and ecological networks.

Please join us on Thursday, November 21 in 102 Burrowes Building from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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