SOCIAL DISORGANIZATION THEORY
Sometimes referred to as environmental criminology,
ecological criminology, or social ecology
Examines relationship between people and their environment
Foundation for “Community Structure and Crime: Testing
Social-Disorganization Theory,” and “Economic Deprivation
and Neighborhood Crime Rates”.
o Both retests of Shaw and McKay’s theory
CRIME IS PATTERNED Social disorganization theorists and researchers are interested
in the “spatial” distribution of crime
o Where do we find that happening?
Notion that distrib