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Social Bonding and Crime
Social bonding and crime
RyanSchroederUniversity of Louisville
Introduction

The social bond, broadly defined as integration of an individual into a social group, is one of the earliest sociological concepts thought to influence behavior. The notion of the social bond in sociology originated from the classic empirical assessment by Emile Durkheim (1951), a foundational sociologist credited with establishing the functionalist tradition in sociology. In his classic work Suicide, Durkheim links the degree of social integration to suicide, a highly personal action that can be related to social structure and social cohesiveness. Durkheim's emphasis, however, was not necessarily suicide; rather, Durkheim was concerned with uncovering the basis of social unity. In his classic work Suicide, Durkheim “viewed suicide as a manifestation of the lack of social ...

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