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Article: The robbery of motorcycle taxi drivers (Dake Zai) in China: a lifestyle/routine activity perspective and beyond

TitleThe robbery of motorcycle taxi drivers (Dake Zai) in China: a lifestyle/routine activity perspective and beyond
Authors
KeywordsContemporary urban China
Criminal victimization
Household registration
Violent victimization
Theft victimization
Issue Date2009
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
The British Journal of Criminology, 2009, v. 49 n. 4, p. 491-512 How to Cite?
AbstractUsing official police records, interviews with motorcycle taxi drivers and the participant observation of their working activities in Tianzhi city, China, this paper examines how and why a dimension of social stratification—household registration (hukou)—is related to the risk of robbery victimization and attempts to evaluate the effectiveness of applying lifestyle/routine activity theory to contemporary urban China. It discloses that migrant motorcycle taxi drivers are highly overrepresented in robbery victimization. Their night-time working practices enhance their chances of being robbed by both increasing exposure to likely offenders and reducing the presence of capable guardians. The study further explores how a structural factor—motorcycle ban policy—shapes different routine activities between migrant and resident motorcycle taxi drivers and, by extension, differential risks of robbery victimization. The paper concludes by pointing out the importance of locating lifestyle/routine activities in a larger Chinese macro-social structural context. The outcome is one of the very first ethnographic analyses of crime conducted in situ in China.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125376
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.643
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.373
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dc.contributor.authorXu, Jen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T11:27:48Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T11:27:48Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationThe British Journal of Criminology, 2009, v. 49 n. 4, p. 491-512en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0007-0955en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125376-
dc.description.abstractUsing official police records, interviews with motorcycle taxi drivers and the participant observation of their working activities in Tianzhi city, China, this paper examines how and why a dimension of social stratification—household registration (hukou)—is related to the risk of robbery victimization and attempts to evaluate the effectiveness of applying lifestyle/routine activity theory to contemporary urban China. It discloses that migrant motorcycle taxi drivers are highly overrepresented in robbery victimization. Their night-time working practices enhance their chances of being robbed by both increasing exposure to likely offenders and reducing the presence of capable guardians. The study further explores how a structural factor—motorcycle ban policy—shapes different routine activities between migrant and resident motorcycle taxi drivers and, by extension, differential risks of robbery victimization. The paper concludes by pointing out the importance of locating lifestyle/routine activities in a larger Chinese macro-social structural context. The outcome is one of the very first ethnographic analyses of crime conducted in situ in China.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofThe British Journal of Criminologyen_HK
dc.subjectContemporary urban China-
dc.subjectCriminal victimization-
dc.subjectHousehold registration-
dc.subjectViolent victimization-
dc.subjectTheft victimization-
dc.titleThe robbery of motorcycle taxi drivers (Dake Zai) in China: a lifestyle/routine activity perspective and beyonden_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailXu, J: xjianhua@sas.upenn.edu-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjc/azp024-
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dc.identifier.volume49en_HK
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