Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Sociology

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, 35 pages) : illustrations.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Samantha Friedman

Committee Members

Steven Messner, Tse-Chuan Yang


Community, Crime, Immigration, Neighborhoods, Social Disorganization, Urban, Guyanese, Guyanese Americans, Noncitizen criminals

Subject Categories



The immigrant crime-relationship is one of the most vigorously debated and contentious public policy concerns in present society. The majority of scholarship investigating this link demonstrates that immigrants are no more crime prone than the native-born population, and in fact, may even suppress levels of neighborhood crime. A limitation of this body of scholarship is that it tends focus on immigration, overall, or specifically Latino immigration, failing to account of potentially important between-group differences in offending. The present study addresses this gap by examining the effects of a government-driven Guyanese migration on neighborhood crime rates at five cross-sections. Exploratory analyses reveal that the direction of the Guyanese-crime relationship differs between time periods. These findings highlight the potential importance of distinguishing between immigrant groups and observing the immigrant-crime relationship at more than one cross-section. Longitudinal analyses are necessary to observe the change in the Guyanese-crime relationship over time.

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