Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Disorder and Social Control (SocSEM, 10/26/18)

Posted: 10/18/2018 (Local Events)

Charles Lanfear

Neighborhood disorder is highly-correlated with crime rates, which has led to a significant controversy in the social sciences over the proper interpretation of the correlation. Does the correlation reflect a causal relationship, in which social and physical disorder increases the likelihood of norm-violations and crime, as broken windows theory suggests? Or does the correlation reflect a spurious relationship, in which the correlation disappears when the confounding variable, neighborhood collective efficacy, is controlled?

The answer to this question has important theoretical and policy implications. This project examines this controversy using mixed methods: field experiments embedded in neighborhoods that are diverse on measures from the U.S. Census and the Seattle Neighborhoods and Crime Survey

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Date: 10/26/2018

Time: 2:30-4:00 PM

Location: Savery 409