SAGE Journal Articles

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For each article, write a sentence outlining one of the arguments the author makes. There will be more than one argument in the article, but choose one that you think is most relevant to crime analysis in general and/or the corresponding chapter.  After the sentence, briefly describe the author’s argument and then cite the evidence the author puts forth to support the argument.  Note that an argument is not a statement of fact but is a line of reasoning asserted by the author that is supported by theory, research results, or both.

Article: Tewksbury, R. & Ehrhardt Mustaine, E. (2003). College students’ lifestyles and self-protective behaviors: Further considerations of the guardianship concept in Routine Activity Theory. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 30, 3, 302 -327

Critical thinking questions:

  1. How is guardianship operationalized in this article?
  2. Discuss the researchers findings of which demographic characteristics, neighborhood characteristics, lifestyle behavior, and fear of crime were significantly related to students employing self-protective measures?


Article: Bernasco, W., & Kooistra, T. (2010). Effects of residential history on commercial robbers' crime location choices. European Journal of Criminology, 7, 4, 251-265.

Critical thinking questions:

  1. What are the key findings of this study in terms of the researchers’ four hypothesis? 
  2. What are the practical implications for crime analysis in policing of these results?