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A Durkheimian Analysis of International Crime Rates

Marvin D. Krohn
Social Forces
Vol. 57, No. 2, Special Issue (Dec., 1978), pp. 654-670
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2577688
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2577688
Page Count: 17
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A Durkheimian Analysis of International Crime Rates
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Abstract

Emile Durkheim's theory of the emergence of the division of labor and consequent state of anomie was presented as a model by which the variance in international crime rates could be explained. Durkheim recognized the possibility that a "chronic" state of anomie occurring concomitant with industrialization would produce an increase in the crime rate. A test of the model delineating the causal relationships suggested by Durkheim found that the variable of anomie was not predictive of crime rates. However, a modified model excluding anomie was examined and found to be useful in explaining property and total crime rates. Alternative interpretations consistent with a Durkheimian perspective were suggested and explored.

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