A social resistance perspective for delinquent bahavior among non-dominant minority groups

Roni Factor*, David Mahalel, Anat Rafaeli, David R. Williams

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Non-dominant minorities, compared with majority groups, often have greater engagement in risky and delinquent behaviours. This study develops an innovative theoretical model for understanding risky/delinquent behaviour among non-dominant groups based on the social resistance framework, which suggests that power relations within society bring non-dominant minorities to actively engage in various forms of everyday resistance that can include delinquent behaviours. We tested this model on traffic violations, surveying 1,060 non-dominant and majority drivers in Israel. Structural equation models suggest that different mechanisms underlie delinquent behaviours in the two groups: social resistance plays a direct role in traffic violations among non-dominants, while, for the majority, procedural justice and non-commitment to the law have a stronger impact. Implications for understanding delinquent and risky behaviour and as an extension of the well-known procedural justice model are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)784-804
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnic and racial minorities
  • Legal disobedience
  • Non-dominant groups
  • Procedural justice
  • Socio-economic status
  • Traffic violations


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