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Religious Contexts and Violence in Emerging and Traditional Immigrant Destinations

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas, 211 Old Main, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
Department of Sociology, Mississippi State University, Bowen Hall 456 Hardy Road, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA
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Religions 2018, 9(4), 116;
Received: 13 March 2018 / Revised: 4 April 2018 / Accepted: 5 April 2018 / Published: 8 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Crime: Theory, Research, and Practice)
Amidst both a resurgent interest in the impact of religion on social problems like crime, including its contextual effects, as well as scholarship directed toward the immigration-crime intersection, the current study examines how different religious traditions impact known violent offending uniquely in traditional versus emerging immigrant destinations. To do so, we employ negative binomial models regressing homicides, robberies, and aggravated assaults on adherence to three major religious traditions (mainline Protestant, evangelical Protestant, and Catholic), as well as immigration and other key macro-structural controls. We disaggregate our analysis for three types of United States counties in 2010: emerging, traditional, and other immigrant destinations. We find that religious traditions vary in their relationship with known violence across destination types: Catholic adherence is protective against crime (net of controls) only in established immigrant destinations, but evangelical Protestant adherence is associated with higher levels of robbery and aggravated assault in the same locales. Religious adherence has no links to violence in emerging immigrant destinations. Broadly, our findings reveal that the religious context is an important part of the evolving story of immigration, though it is multifaceted and context-dependent. View Full-Text
Keywords: immigration; religion; violence; immigrant destinations immigration; religion; violence; immigrant destinations
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Harris, C.T.; Feldmeyer, B.; Barranco, R. Religious Contexts and Violence in Emerging and Traditional Immigrant Destinations. Religions 2018, 9, 116.

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