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Social Disorganization Theory

  • By: Georgen Guerrero
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

Social disorganization theory argues that crime and delinquency rates are a direct result of a heterogeneous, transitional, and poverty-stricken social ecology. Over time, poverty-stricken neighborhoods decay and deteriorate into crime-filled neighborhoods. Individuals from various ...

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