Disorder and Crime

Wesley G. Skogan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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34 Scopus citations


This article takes a look at the roles disorder plays in relation to crime; one of these is its ability to cause other forms of crime. It lists the various definitions of disorder, and looks at the ways that disorder is measured and studied. The latter half of the article outlines current knowledge about the role of disorder as a tool of neighborhood destabilization and decline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940783
ISBN (Print)9780195398823
StatePublished - Mar 12 2012


  • Current knowledge
  • Decline
  • Disorder
  • Forms of crime
  • Measuring disorder
  • Neighborhood destabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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