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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.

Explaining Youthful Crime in Immigrant Communities: How to Do it? How Much is There?
Explaining youthful crime in immigrant communities: How to do it? How much is there?

Are the available data adequate for the development of an efficient explanation of how youthful crime emerges in immigrant communities? The conclusion reached in Chapter 2 is that past studies have been inadequate to this task because no explanations have emerged from the cross-sectional study of individual ethnic groups. How then to tackle the question?

I have described the ideal in Chapter 2: Statistics collected across two generations for five or six immigrant groups would permit comparisons using quantitative techniques. Such data, unfortunately, are not available. Despite the markedly different theoretical conclusions of other authors, however, the similarities in ...

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