The Pragmatic American: Attributions of Crime and the Hydraulic Relation Hypothesis
Abbreviated Journal Title
public opinion; attribution theory; punitiveness; JUVENILE CAPITAL-PUNISHMENT; DEATH-PENALTY ATTITUDES; DISPOSITIONAL; ATTRIBUTION; CAUSAL ATTRIBUTION; PUBLIC SUPPORT; LESS PUNITIVENESS; COGNITION; RACISM; JUSTICE; ERROR; Criminology & Penology
Attribution theory argues that a ohydraulic relationo exists between dispositional and situational attribution styles, causing people to endorse one style at the expense of the other. That is, attribution theorists predict that there should be a strong negative relationship between attribution styles. We test this prediction using data collected in Hillsborough County (Tampa), Florida, and two national polls. Our investigation shows that, rather than a bifurcated view of crime causation, Americans manifest a complex attributional style that views crime emerging from multiple sources. We discuss how these findings reveal that the American public tends to be not ideological but pragmatic in its view of crime causation and, ultimately, in the crime control policies it is willing to endorse.
"The Pragmatic American: Attributions of Crime and the Hydraulic Relation Hypothesis" (2010). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 876.