Examining the effects of attitudes toward police legitimacy on the adoption of street-code

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Stefanich, Dylan Patrick
Intravia, Jonathan
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Honors College
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Much has been dedicated to Elijah Anderson’s (1999) Code of the Street Theory, but little research has investigated how attitudes toward police legitimacy influence the adoption of the street code value system. This study utilizes secondary data from a sample of young adults to examine (1) whether one’s race influences the adoption of the street code, and (2) whether those with more negative attitudes toward the police will be more likely to develop violent street code mentalities. Results illustrate that race (Black) plays a significant role in the likelihood of adopting street code belief systems compared to other race demographics measured. Additionally, those who perceive the police to be less legitimate are more likely to develop violent mentalities conducive to the street code. These and other findings, limitations, and implications are discussed.