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Imbalanced Sex Ratio and Crime in China

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IImbalanced Sex Ratio and Crime in China
LiYing Li
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Metropolitan State College of Denver
E-mail: lli1@mscd.edu

Guttentag and Secord (1983) published their seminal book Too Many Women in 1983. In the book, they proposed a sex ratio theory, suggesting that the relative social status and gender roles of women in different societies are the consequences of an imbalance in sex ratios (defined as the number of males per 100 females).

Today, China is experiencing an imbalanced sex ratio, i.e., a surplus of males, as a consequence of the “One-Child” family planning policy implemented in 1979. As a whole generation of only-child has entered their young adulthood, there will be many social consequences. One major consequence is that many young Chinese men will not be able to find a wife.

As we all know, the single best predictor of crime in any society is gender. Across nations, most crimes are committed by young males. So the question is: what is the impact of the surplus of young men in China on its crime trend and patterns, especially unmarried young men? Is it safe to say that we will see a rise in crimes? This paper will attempt to shed light on these questions.
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Abstract: IImbalanced Sex Ratio and Crime in China
LiYing Li
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Metropolitan State College of Denver
E-mail: lli1@mscd.edu

Guttentag and Secord (1983) published their seminal book Too Many Women in 1983. In the book, they proposed a sex ratio theory, suggesting that the relative social status and gender roles of women in different societies are the consequences of an imbalance in sex ratios (defined as the number of males per 100 females).

Today, China is experiencing an imbalanced sex ratio, i.e., a surplus of males, as a consequence of the “One-Child” family planning policy implemented in 1979. As a whole generation of only-child has entered their young adulthood, there will be many social consequences. One major consequence is that many young Chinese men will not be able to find a wife.

As we all know, the single best predictor of crime in any society is gender. Across nations, most crimes are committed by young males. So the question is: what is the impact of the surplus of young men in China on its crime trend and patterns, especially unmarried young men? Is it safe to say that we will see a rise in crimes? This paper will attempt to shed light on these questions.


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