Crime and Society by Frances Heidensohn (auth.)

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Yet we must always beware of uncertainty. Populations in many Western countries are 'ageing', and the youthful at-risk age groups are likely to decrease in numbers for much of the remainder of the century (Social Trends, 1987). Furthermore, signs of inner-city regeneration can be observed in parts of London's docklands and in the Marais district of Paris. Of course, the influx of some affiuent, middle-class inhabitants into traditional working-class areas is not an unalloyed benefit. House prices rise steeply, local people are 'crowded out' and cannot live near their families.

He also insists that it is perfectly possible to fill in the many gaps in the model without any great incompatibility (p. 192). Substantially similar points are made by Downes and Rock, who conclude that the theory could be strengthened by incorporating many of the missing aspects in it. I have set out Merton's theory and the criticism it attracted for several reasons: 1. First, I think it is an important if undeveloped model: 'there is a great deal of unexpected mileage in anomie theory' (Downes and Rock, 1981, p.

It needs to be seen, too, in relation to its opposite, social organisation. Chicagoans were not often precise in defining such terms, but we can derive meanings from their usage in various studies. It is clear, for example, that there were at least two strands in the idea of 'disorganisation': one of 'fun', the other of almost romanticised celebration. Thrasher, for instance, argues that The gang. . is one manifestation of the disorganization incident to cultural conflict among diverse nations and races gathered together in one place and themselves in contact with a civilization foreign and largely inimical to them.

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