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Genevie, Louis et. al. April 1987. "Predictors of Looting in Selected Neighborhoods of New York City During the Blackout of 1977." Sociology and Social Research 71, #3: 228-231.

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Table 1. The Relationship Between the Number of Stores Reported Looted and Neighborhood Characteristics Underlying the Looting as per Neighborhood Residents.

NO. STORES REPORTED LOOTED

0

1

4-5

8-9

>9

 

Extent of looting reported: In my neighborhood, people were carrying things out of stores

5

29

67

83

93

**

Social Problems            

Unemployment is a problem in my neighborhood

40

56

78

89

81

*

Economic Crime: Burglary of homes and apartments is a problem in my neighborhood

46

31

48

47

57

*

Underground economic activity: Quite a few people I know make all or part of their income from selling stolen goods

20

19

26

37

51

**

Violent Crime: I've heard about a fight in my neighborhood in which a weapon was used in the past few months

32

27

47

47

52

**

Fear: A lot of people in this neighborhood stay home after dark because they're afraid to go outside by themselves

17

31

50

51

48

**

Social Control: Formal Mechanisms            

Police relationship with neighborhood residents: Many of the police working in this neighborhood are on bad terms with the people who live here

63

65

65

73

77

**

The police in this neighborhood really don't respect the people who live here

65

64

68

78

82

**

Courts are unjust: Our legal system is not fair to poor people

52

60

74

74

75

**

If you can't afford a good lawyer you will not get justice in the courts

58

62

84

86

85

**

The legal system usually punishes the small time criminals, while the big ones get away

67

81

89

93

92

**

Social Control: Informal Mechanisms            

Normative values regarding theft: Since poor people don't make enough money to live on, they can be expected to loot if they have the opportunity

26

41

44

57

77

**

It's O. K to steal as long as you don't get caught

7

15

16

19

28

**

It's O. K to buy things even when you know they have been stolen

17

30

23

37

41

**

Social Cohesion A lot of people in this area are friendly and helpful

70

64

67

59

54

**

(Number of Respondents)

(159)

(79)

(144)

(81)

(85)

 

All but the first item, above, were reported on a four-point Agree to Disagree scale, then collapsed to give the percent who agree or disagree strongly. (N=535)

* p<.01; ** p<.01

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