Putting Crime in Its Place

David Weisburd, Elizabeth R. Groff and Sue-Ming Yang

in The Criminology of Place

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369083
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979110 | DOI:
Putting Crime in Its Place

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This chapter examines why the criminology of place focuses so strongly on small geographic units by reviewing more generally the role of crime and place in criminology since the founding of the discipline. It shows that there has been a consistent trend over the last two centuries of moving the lens of criminological interest to smaller and smaller units of geography. It also examines the key theoretical perspectives that are considered in understanding and explaining crime at place, focusing both on opportunity theories and social and structural theories of crime.

Keywords: criminology; place; geography; opportunity theories; crime theories

Chapter.  7186 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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