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Reckless Revisited: A Test of Containment Theory

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Despite receiving considerable attention during the 1950s and 1960s, few researchers have examined Walter Reckless’ (1967) containment theory in the past 30 years. The main proposition behind Reckless’ theory concerns the fact even if there is a breakdown in control at the neighborhood level, individual level controls can still insulate people from the pushes and pulls to engage in delinquent activity. Even though researchers have turned their interest towards more modern individual level control theories, examining containment theory remains an important topic for inquiry because Reckless’ control theory also specifies the role of macro level external controls in the production of criminal activity in addition to individual level controls. The purpose of this paper is: 1) to examine the methodological and conceptual problems contained within prior studies of containment theory and 2) to test Reckless’ key proposition that internal and external controls mediate the influence that the pushes and pulls to engage in criminal activity have on the commission of property and violent crime. In order to develop the empirical component of the paper, this project will rely on data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods.
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Amidon, Ethan. "Reckless Revisited: A Test of Containment Theory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Nov 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p517521_index.html>

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Amidon, E. , 2011-11-15 "Reckless Revisited: A Test of Containment Theory" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p517521_index.html

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Abstract: Despite receiving considerable attention during the 1950s and 1960s, few researchers have examined Walter Reckless’ (1967) containment theory in the past 30 years. The main proposition behind Reckless’ theory concerns the fact even if there is a breakdown in control at the neighborhood level, individual level controls can still insulate people from the pushes and pulls to engage in delinquent activity. Even though researchers have turned their interest towards more modern individual level control theories, examining containment theory remains an important topic for inquiry because Reckless’ control theory also specifies the role of macro level external controls in the production of criminal activity in addition to individual level controls. The purpose of this paper is: 1) to examine the methodological and conceptual problems contained within prior studies of containment theory and 2) to test Reckless’ key proposition that internal and external controls mediate the influence that the pushes and pulls to engage in criminal activity have on the commission of property and violent crime. In order to develop the empirical component of the paper, this project will rely on data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods.


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