Professor discusses poverty and crime

For Immediate Release:  April 8, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Delving into the reason why poverty is the strongest explanation for violent crime rates across time and place, the Institute for Culture and Society presents “A Rural Consideration of the Subculture of Violence Hypothesis” by Bloomsburg University faculty member Bob Moschgat. The lecture will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. Admission is free and open to the public.

At the individual level of poverty, most research has focused on a subculture of violence centered in inner city communities, which passes from one generation to the next. In opposition, previous research has demonstrated that homicide rates are higher in rural areas.

Moschgat, assistant professor of criminal justice, will discuss the study’s effort to desegregate the effects of familial and structural disadvantage on attitudes towards violence, violent victimization, and involvement in violence across rural, urban, and suburban settings using longitudinal data from the National Youth Survey.

The lecture is part of the ICS’s Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium, aimed at increasing awareness of poverty while encouraging members of the campus community to become involved in organizing activities during the academic year.

The remaining program in the series is the lecture, “The Effects of Poverty on Language and Literacy Development,” by Patricia Lawton from BU’s speech language pathology and audiology department, Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.