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Are children of rural migrants more delinquent than their peers? A comparative analysis of delinquent behaviors in the City of Guangzhou, China
Liu,Jianhong1; Liu,Siyu2
2016-12-01
Source PublicationCrime Law and Social Change
ISSN0925-4994
Volume66Issue:5Pages:465-489
Abstract

The social impact of rural-to-urban migration in China has grasped domestic and international attention over the past decades. Sociological scholarship indicates that this working class may be subject to social stigma and additional psychological stress. As new generations emerge, the migrant workers’ children are publicized to engage in higher level of delinquency and deviant behavior in large Chinese cities. However, this understanding is supported by little empirical evidence as few studies focus on the delinquent behaviors of rural migrant children compared to their urban counterparts. The current study explores this comparison using a high school student survey (N = 1,490) conducted in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. Important contributing factors to the prevalence and variety of self-report delinquency are discussed in the multi-theory framework. Findings suggest that this sample of rural migrant students are exposed to more risks but are not more delinquency-prone than non-migrant students; results show support to quite different socialization processes for the two groups: strong moral beliefs and good academic performance play key roles in the prevention of delinquency for rural migrant students while non-rural migrants are affected by school attachment and negative social activities. Peer delinquency is the strongest predictor of delinquency for both groups.

DOI10.1007/s10611-016-9638-2
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology ; Social Sciences - Other Topics
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology ; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000388826900003
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Faculty of Law
Corresponding AuthorLiu,Jianhong
Affiliation1.Department of Sociology, University of Macau, Macao, China
2.School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg, Harrisburg, United States
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Liu,Jianhong,Liu,Siyu. Are children of rural migrants more delinquent than their peers? A comparative analysis of delinquent behaviors in the City of Guangzhou, China[J]. Crime Law and Social Change,2016,66(5):465-489.
APA Liu,Jianhong,&Liu,Siyu.(2016).Are children of rural migrants more delinquent than their peers? A comparative analysis of delinquent behaviors in the City of Guangzhou, China.Crime Law and Social Change,66(5),465-489.
MLA Liu,Jianhong,et al."Are children of rural migrants more delinquent than their peers? A comparative analysis of delinquent behaviors in the City of Guangzhou, China".Crime Law and Social Change 66.5(2016):465-489.
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