The Spatial Dynamics of Immigration and Homicide: San Diego Since 1980

Ramiro Martinez, Jr., Florida International University
Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron

This study will examine ethnicity and homicide incidents at the community level in San Diego. The primary objective of this study is to examine the nature and extent of homicide within a multiethnic population (White, Latino, African American and Asian) in the city of San Diego, California. The focus is on what dimensions of community context help to limit the extent of homicide? What kinds of immigrant communities influence the homicide rate over and above well-established covariates such as economic deprivation and family structure? Does ethnicity similarly influence various types of non-lethal violence (e.g. acquaintance, family, stranger and intimate)? In sum, does ethnicity matter? While much research has been conducted on the nature and extent of the relationship between race and violent behavior, few studies have explored the nature and extent of this relationship among Latinos and even fewer have done so in an Asian population. Therefore, the proposed research seeks to address one of the major research gaps in the criminological literature by investigating violence among Latino and Asian populations.

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