Bystander apathy and the territorial imperative.

A. R. Gillis, J. Hagan

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Focuses on the relationship between persons, places and social control. The data show that both territoriality and social distance are significant predictors of individual's willingness to prevent criminal behaviours. Consistent with theory in urban sociology and psychology, people report that they are far more likely to extend aid to family members and friends than to strangers, but are also more likely to intervene on behalf of a stranger the nearer to home the offence occurs.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCentre for Urban & Community Studies, Toronto, Research Paper
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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