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Crime and Immigrant Youth is a unique study of migration as a process that sometimes leads to youthful crime beyond the norms of either the home or host culture. Tony Waters uses data from 100 years of United States immigration records to examine immigrant groups such as Laotians, Koreans and Mexicans in the late 20th century, as well as Mexicans and Molkan Russians in the early years of the century. The study reveals the sequential consequences of a high proportion of young males in an immigrant group: patterned misunderstanding between parents and children; deviant subcultures such as gangs; structural rather than cultural differences with the host community. Tony Waters also devotes a large part of this study to show where and why crime does not develop on account of a large presence of immigrant youth.

Youthful Crime and Migration: The View from Criminology
Youthful crime and migration: The view from criminology

Youthful crime in immigrant groups has typically been addressed from the perspective of criminology. During the past 100 years or so, many criminologists have applied to this problem various theories developed to explain crime in inner cities. As the following review shows, however, they have by and large been unable to develop a predictive model of when, where, and how youthful crime will emerge in immigrant groups. Thus they continue to be confused when crime waves occur (and do not occur) in immigrant communities.

As will become apparent below, the problem of crime among immigrant youth remains unsolved because it is rooted in the challenges associated with the cross-generational transmission of ...

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