Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 455–466 | Cite as

Communities, Crime, and Reactions to Crime Multilevel Models: Accomplishments and Meta-Challenges

  • Ralph B. Taylor
Original Paper


This essay offers a few reflections on cross-sectional criminological research about people in places where community-level causes are considered, and victimization or reactions to crime are the outcome. It is by design not only selective but also Janus-faced. On the one hand it notes accomplishments in this research area facilitated by increasing use of multilevel models. On the other hand it notes meta-theoretical challenges currently preventing work in this arena from advancing theoretically. Some of these concerns have been voiced by scholars in other disciplines (Entwisle 2007; Roux 2001, 2002, 2004).

The discussion is pitched at a meta-theoretical level. That is, the focus is not on evaluating the specific merits of one theory versus another. Rather, comments center on concerns that cut across any number of theories. Using a Boudon-Coleman metamodel, relations between individuals and societal structure are highlighted (Boudon 1986: 29–31; Coleman 1990: 1–23)....


Community Attribute Single Parent Household Criminological Research Neighborhood Watch Aggregation Bias 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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