Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Haynes, Stacy H.

Committee Member

Peterson, Lindsey P.

Committee Member

Rader, Nicole E.

Date of Degree

1-1-2016

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Sociology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Sociology

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to examine how religiosity affects both public attitudes about the importance of severe punishments (as a characteristic of democracy) and public confidence in the police and the justice system. This study also examines the socio-demographic (e.g., age, gender, education) factors that influence public perceptions about punishment and confidence in criminal justice institutions. In doing so, this study compares two countries that are both religious and democratic: Turkey and the United States. The current study employs data from Wave 5 (2005-2008) of the World Values Survey (WVS). The U.S. data is based on a sample of 1,249 respondents who participated in face-toace interviews in 2006. The Turkish data is based on a sample of 1,346 respondents who participated in face-toace interviews in 2007. Analyses were conducted using the SPSS 21 software program.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/19257

Comments

justice system||police||confidence||religiosity||punitiveness

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