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Black on Black Crime: Compensation for Idiomatic Purposelessness

Author: Beverly, Creigs C.
Author Background:
Date 1997
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Human-Behavior-in-the-Social-Environment
Volume/Pages 1(2-3) 183-201
Subject Matter
Abstract Examines black-on-black crime & views it as a means to compensate for idiomatic purposelessness, which is operationally defined as a state in which persons have a vacuous sense of self, ie, persons whose sense of significance & importance is extremely marginal & whose development is devoid of, or at best insufficiently grounded in, constant positive affirmation. It is argued that to exchange idiomatic purposelessness for idiomatic purposefulness is to remove a major contributing factor leading to black-on-black crime. 45 References. Adapted from the source document