Social disorganization theory: early influences of the chicago school of sociology y thought you had to interview people in order to understand crime y. Identified the types of neighbourhoods and things happening in the neighbourhoods: high levels of crime in certain areas of cities. There is a lack of connection that causes people to not care about the area of the people. Shaw and mckay s data: highest delinquency was in bad neighbourhoods with the most issues. Demographic instability, low home ownership & high levels of poverty linked to social disorganization and crime. They also found a link between class and delinquency: based on income levels and education. Neighbourhoods with the worst delinquency problems also had the worse problems in other social aspects. Assumptions about social disorganization theory: crime becomes a by product of social change: rapid growth within urban centers causes the problems, rapid social change forces rapid integration, increased rental and housing costs, higher demand for jobs.