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.
Chapter 5: Social Cohesiveness and the Process of Migration
Social Cohesiveness and the Process of Migration
Solutions to the problem of youthful crime have long focused on the amount of control a particular community exercises over its young males. Supervised activities—typically through athletic leagues, boys’ clubs, schools, churches, nationalist movements, ethnic revivals, and social welfare agencies—and other forms of local collective life are among the solutions that have been suggested often, with some success. That such programs can contribute to controlling youthful crime is not really doubted.1 However, it is also recognized that in a broad sense, organizations that are able to provide such control are often specific to the ethnic groups concerned, and are outgrowths of local collective life. These are very different from agencies funded from ...