Date(s) - 1 May 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Dr Rebecca Wickes, School of Social Science, University of Queensland
Abstract: The concept of informal social control refers to residents’ attempts to prevent crime and/or disorder. Yet in the criminological literature most studies examine what residents would do in response to a hypothesized scenario and do not consider residents’ actual behavior. In this paper we assess the individual and community level predictors of informal social control actions. We utilize census and survey data of 4,000 residents living across 148 suburbs in Australia. We focus on the influence of active social ties and collective efficacy on different types of informal social control actions. We find no contextual effect of active social ties or collective efficacy on actions, however, active social ties do predict informal social control actions in low collective efficacy communities.
Bio: Dr Rebecca Wickes is an ARC DECRA fellow with the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland and is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. She is an urban criminologist and her research focusses on demographic changes in urban communities, their influence on patterns of social exchange and informal social control and the subsequent impact of these changes on levels of crime and disorder. Dr. Wickes is the chair of the Australian Community Capacity Study, a multisite, longitudinal study of place. She has published in highly ranked journals in her field and presented at many national and international conferences.