Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Michael E. Meyer
Guided by the Institutional Anomie Theory (IAT) of Steven F. Messner and Richard Rosenfeld (2007), this study examines the strength and interaction of social institutions (economy, education, family and polity) in relationship to homicides occurring in Minneapolis, Minnesota between 2007 and 2011. It utilizes census tracts as the units of analysis, an attempt to extend IAT from the cross-national to the local level. Rather than focusing on specific offenders, it explores broader cultural and structural characteristics employing exploratory, ordinary least squares (OLS), and geographically weighted regressions (GWR). Although interactions did not reach statistical significance, relationships were found between homicides rates and the institutions of family and education.
Jergenson, Stacie, "Homicides And The American Dream: An Empirical Application Of Institutional Anomie Theory At The Census Tract Level" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 1666.