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Depicting “the system”: How structural racism and disenfranchisement in the United States can cause dynamics in community violence among males in urban black communities

Marcus Burrell, Ann Marie White, Leah Frerichs, Melanie Funchess, Catherine Cerulli, Lauren DiGiovanni and Kristen Hassmiller Lich

Social Science & Medicine, 2021, vol. 272, issue C

Abstract: A complex system of factors interacting across time shapes community violence. It is not well understood how features of persons, institutions and communities interact as a “system” to produce escalating community violence. We aimed to integrate theoretical and experiential knowledge among young African-American urban males to develop a concept model of key causal structures driving dynamics of community violence escalation over time in a context of historical racism.

Keywords: United States; Community violence; System dynamics; Causal loop diagram; African American; Civil unrest; Structural racism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113469

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