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Crime in Their Midst: A Thematic Analysis of a Crime Committed in an Orthodox Jewish Community and its Impact on Community Members

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dc.contributor.advisor Dawson, Myrna Benchimol, Guila 2013-05-17T15:04:38Z 2013-05-17T15:04:38Z 2013-05 2013-05-10 2013-05-17
dc.description.abstract Much is unknown about insular communities as they are often closed and guarded. This is especially so when it comes to crimes committed in their midst. Online forums geared to community members can reveal the discussions they have following a crime and the thoughts and feelings of the group. Using a functionalist approach, this study fills a gap in the literature on crimes committed in insular communities by and against community members by asking: what topics of discussion arose for Orthodox Jewish community members following a crime in their midst and were community members united or divided in their discussions? More explicitly, the sociological importance of what they discussed and how this affected community cohesion was examined. To address these questions, the comments following articles about a murder committed in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York on two Orthodox Jewish news websites (Yeshiva World News and Vos Iz Neias) were examined. Qualitative thematic analysis was used to examine how community members reacted to the murder through the discussions they had and whether these discussions affected and reflected community cohesion. Implications for better understanding crime in insular communities are discussed, as are directions for future research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Orthodox Jews en_US
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.subject functionalism en_US
dc.subject Durkheim en_US
dc.subject Erikson en_US
dc.subject crime en_US
dc.subject deviance en_US
dc.subject insider research en_US
dc.subject Internet data en_US
dc.subject qualitative analysis en_US
dc.subject mechanical societies en_US
dc.subject insular groups en_US
dc.subject social control en_US
dc.subject Nvivo en_US
dc.title Crime in Their Midst: A Thematic Analysis of a Crime Committed in an Orthodox Jewish Community and its Impact on Community Members en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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