The broad consensus generally found with regard to public perceptions of crime seriousness has been shown to reflect "consistency" in relative rankings rather than "absolute agreement" in ratings among sample groups. The present study compared the crime seriousness perceptions of native-born Israelis with those of two groups of new immigrants (one from the former Soviet Union and the other from Ethiopia). Questionnaires including 30 different criminal offenses for evaluation were distributed by means of face-to-face interviews to a representative sample of the Israeli adult population. As expected, the three groups provided very similar rankings of offenses but much less absolute agreement (ratings). It is suggested that the significant gaps in the perceptions of the groups stem from "culture conflict" (Culture Conflict and Crime, Social Science Research Council, New York, 1938), that is, differences in the social and cultural norms of the immigrants' countries of origin and those prevailing in the absorbing society.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||International Journal of the Sociology of Law|
|State||Published - Dec 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science