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Bill McCarthy (1995)

Getting into Street Crime: The Structure and Process of Criminal Embeddedness

Social Science Research, 24(1):63--95.

Tests the hypothesis that embeddedness in networks of deviant associations provides access to tutelage relationships that facilitate the acquisition of criminal skills & attitudes, assets called ``criminal capital,'' with structural equation models of drug-selling, theft, & prostitution among a sample of 390 interviewed homeless youth. Results reveal that embeddedness in criminal networks enhances exposure to tutelage relationships, & that crime increases with such exposure. Both findings remain when controls are introduced for home & school experiences, time at risk, situational adversity, & previous criminal experiences. The analysis raises doubts about assertions that crimes are crudely impulsive acts that require little learning or skill & reflect a general imperviousness to others. Instead, a sensitivity to others, particularly potential tutors, appears to enhance crime by allowing for the acquisition of criminal capital in a tutelage relationship. 5 Tables, 2 Appendixes, 57 References. Adapted with permission from Academic Press.

street crime involvement, deviant associates network, criminal embeddedness, interviews, homeless youth, *Peer Relations, *Juvenile Delinquency, *Social Networks, *Crime, *Social Environment, *Homelessness, *Youth, article, 2147: social problems and social welfare; sociology of crime
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Crime; *Social Networks; *Youth; *Homelessness; *Social Environment; *Juvenile Delinquency; *Peer Relations

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