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Clifford R. Shaw and Henry D. McKay, The Social Disorganization Theory. CSISS Classics


The social disorganization theory, developed by Shaw and McKay based on their studies of Chicago, has pointed to social causes of delinquency that seem to be located in specific geographical areas. Although the theory contributed to the understanding of delinquency, critics note that it does not explain why delinquency is concentrated in certain areas of a city.

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