Ecology of Intra-Urban Delinquency and Crime: A Reassessment

Vijayan Kumara Pillai

DOI: 10.2190/2NUA-35HK-HAJY-RLG5


This paper identifies the development of theory and method in research pertaining to ecological aspects of delinquency and crime within urban areas. It is found that research effort in this field is focussed mainly on estimating the association between social area characteristics and delinquency and crime rates. It is suggested that incorporation of individual level determinants of delinquency and crime along with aggregate level properties of the area will enable us to derive the net effects of the area on occurrence of delinquency and crime. Hypotheses of this nature can be tested using the method of contextual analysis.

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