Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach (1979)

In this paper we present a “routine activity approach” for analyzing crime rate trends and cycles

2020

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  • In this paper we present a “routine activity approach” for analyzing crime rate trends and cycles
  • Rather than emphasizing the characteristics of offenders, with this approach we concentrate upon the circumstances in which they carry out predatory criminal acts
  • Human ecological theory facilitates an investigation into the way in which social structure produces this convergence, allowing illegal activities to feed upon the legal activities of everyday life
  • A variety of data is presented in support of the hypothesis, which helps explain crime rate trends in the United States 1947 to 1974 as a byproduct of changes in such variables as labor force participation and single-adult households

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