A previous version of this manuscript was presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Please direct all correspondence to Travis C. Pratt, Department of Political Science/Criminal Justice, Washington State University, 801 Johnson Tower, Pullman, WA 99164–4880 (e-mail: email@example.com).
SOCIAL SUPPORT, INEQUALITY, AND HOMICIDE: A CROSS-NATIONAL TEST OF AN INTEGRATED THEORETICAL MODEL*
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 611–644, August 2003
How to Cite
PRATT, T. C. and GODSEY, T. W. (2003), SOCIAL SUPPORT, INEQUALITY, AND HOMICIDE: A CROSS-NATIONAL TEST OF AN INTEGRATED THEORETICAL MODEL. Criminology, 41: 611–644. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2003.tb00999.x
Travis C. Pratt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science/Criminal Justice at Washington State University. His research focuses on macrolevel and structural theories of crime and delinquency and correctional policy. His recent work has appeared in Criminology, the Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Justice Quarterly.
Timothy W. Godsey is a doctoral student in the Division of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include criminological theory and cross-national comparisons of prison use. His recent research has appeared in the Journal of Criminal Justice.
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Social support;
- macro-level crime rates
Social support, institutional anomie, and macrolevel general strain perspectives have emerged as potentially important explanations of aggregate levels of crime. Drawing on insights from each of these perspectives in a cross-national context, the analyses show that 1) our measure of social support is inversely related to homicide rates, 2) economic inequality also maintains a direct relationship with homicide rates, and 3) social support significantly interacts with economic inequality to influence homicide rates. The implications of the analysis for ongoing discourse concerning the integration of these criminological theories and the implications for the development of effective crime control policies are discussed.