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Ecological Variables in the Cross-Cultural Study of Delinquency

Lois B. DeFleur
Social Forces
Vol. 45, No. 4 (Jun., 1967), pp. 556-570
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2575906
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2575906
Page Count: 15
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Ecological Variables in the Cross-Cultural Study of Delinquency
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Abstract

Students of delinquency, preoccupied with subcultural and value conflict theories, have recently produced fewer ecological studies. However, for the much-needed task of assessing the cross-cultural applicability of contemporary delinquency theories, ecological studies need to be conducted in other cultures to indicate where delinquency occurs and among whom. Ecological data are presented on juvenile offenders and their offenses from Cordoba, Argentina. These are discussed against a background of United States studies and implications are drawn concerning delinquency theory. In general, the ecology of delinquency in this Latin-American urban setting shows characteristics precluding the uncritical application of current delinquency theories.

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