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Can Music Trigger Violent Criminal Victimization? A Study of Jamaican Dance Halls

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The immigrant population from third world countries to the United States has increased significantly over the last three decades. These new immigrants usually start their American lives in structurally disadvantaged communities which are beset by crime and other social pathologies. New immigrants frequently create "mini ghettos" to mimic the culture and way of life in the old countries to manage the pressure of assimilation.

An important way in which Jamaican immigrants accomplish this is through socializing at 'dance halls'. Unfortunately, the incidence of violent criminal victimization is high in these Jamaican dance halls. Routine activity theory provides a platform for understanding criminal events in this environment. However, the theory is somewhat limited in accounting for triggers that may provoke criminal victimization. For example, a wrong gesture, name calling, wearing the wrong colors are potential triggers as it music which promotes particular reactions to perceived slight. Through an ethnographic study, the role of music will be studied as a trigger of criminal victimizations in Jamaican dance halls.
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Barnaby, Carlene. "Can Music Trigger Violent Criminal Victimization? A Study of Jamaican Dance Halls" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL, Nov 14, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p576562_index.html>

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Barnaby, C. , 2012-11-14 "Can Music Trigger Violent Criminal Victimization? A Study of Jamaican Dance Halls" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p576562_index.html

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Abstract: The immigrant population from third world countries to the United States has increased significantly over the last three decades. These new immigrants usually start their American lives in structurally disadvantaged communities which are beset by crime and other social pathologies. New immigrants frequently create "mini ghettos" to mimic the culture and way of life in the old countries to manage the pressure of assimilation.

An important way in which Jamaican immigrants accomplish this is through socializing at 'dance halls'. Unfortunately, the incidence of violent criminal victimization is high in these Jamaican dance halls. Routine activity theory provides a platform for understanding criminal events in this environment. However, the theory is somewhat limited in accounting for triggers that may provoke criminal victimization. For example, a wrong gesture, name calling, wearing the wrong colors are potential triggers as it music which promotes particular reactions to perceived slight. Through an ethnographic study, the role of music will be studied as a trigger of criminal victimizations in Jamaican dance halls.


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