Date of Award

1-1-2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

LeBeau, James

Abstract

Social disorganization and routine activity theories have been studied over the past 30 years. The subsequent research examines prior concepts that were constructed to measure these theories and recent attempts in combining these theories. It also examines how these concepts have been measured using a multitude of geographical scales. It suggests that one consistent set of geographical scales must be used and that these must be easily reproduced in order to test these concepts on a multitude of cities that have a wide variation in populations.

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