The Social-Structural Correlates of Homicide in Late-Tsarist Russia

Using official socio-economic and vital statistics data from the end of the tsarist period, this study builds on and extends previous investigations of homicide in early twentieth-century Europe by examining which social-structural factors were associated with the variation in homicide rates among t...

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Published in:The British journal of criminology
Main Author: Stickley, Andrew
Contributors: Pridemore, William Alex (Author)
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 2007
In:The British journal of criminology
Year: 2007, Volume: 47, Issue: 1, Pages: 80-99
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Summary:Using official socio-economic and vital statistics data from the end of the tsarist period, this study builds on and extends previous investigations of homicide in early twentieth-century Europe by examining which social-structural factors were associated with the variation in homicide rates among the 50 provinces of European Russia in 1910. The results of negative binomial regression show heavy drinking to be positively associated, and population density and literacy inversely associated, with provincial homicide rates. These findings suggest that the tension between modernity and tradition, which was more generally evident in Russian society during this period, may also have underpinned the regional variation observed in aggregate-level homicide rates. Moreover, the high rural homicide rates seen in both tsarist Russia and at the end of the Soviet period might indicate that the criminological transition' that may have occurred in other Western countries during the course of the twentieth century could have taken a different form or have been delayed in Russia, due at least in part to the actions and policies of the Soviet state
ISSN:0007-0955
DOI:10.1093/bjc/azl033