Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

9.1 Describe how the model presented by Chicago theorists explains the development of cities and the causes of crime in varying regions of a city.
9.2 Discuss Shaw and McKay’s theory of social disorganization.
9.3 Identify some current, modern-day examples of specific cultures or subcultures in the United States and how they relate to crime.
9.4 Evaluate the criticisms of cultural theories of crime.
9.5 Evaluate policies that have come from the Chicago/social-disorganization theories of crime.