University of San Diego Social Disorganization Theory & Neighborhood Norms Questions

Watch the documentary “Policing the Police” (available on PBS, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/policing-t…) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Where in the documentary do you see specific evidence of the police utilizing neighborhood or social disorganization theories of crime? Cite at least six places in the documentary where you see evidence of the police utilizing neighborhood or social disorganization theories of crime–stating which element of the theory you think each piece of evidence is illustrating. Cite the book in listing the elements of the theory you utilize. If you do not think the police are utilizing neighborhood or social disorganization theories of crime, pick one other theory of crime we have discussed so far this semester and point to six instances in the documentary which you believe support the idea that the police are operating under this theory of crime.

The blog post will be graded on the thoroughness of the analysis, its citations, and the clarity of the writing.

4 questions from

Bernard, Thomas, Jeffrey Snipes, and Alexander Gerould. 2016.Vold’s Theoretical Criminology,7thedition. New York: Oxford University Press. (BSG)

Kubrin, Charis, Tomas Stucky, and Marvin Krohn. 2009.Researching Theories of Crime and Deviance. New York: Oxford University Press. (KSK)

  • 1)What is a neighborhood? Why is this an important point for social disorganization theory?
  • 2)How do neighborhood norms differ regarding children’s behavior differ between low and high crime areas?
  • 3)What are Kornhauser’s thoughts regarding the concept of “culture” and its role in criminology?
  • 4)How are recent immigration trends problematic for social disorganization theorists?

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