Explaining Official Delinquency: a Spatial Study of Class, Conflict and Control

John Hagan*, A. R. Gillis, Janet Chan

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The correlation between social class and official delinquency is one of the more stable findings of sociological research. Consensus, conflict and organizational explanations of this correlation are examined with a coordinated set of survey, interview, and official data gathered in the central area of a middle‐sized Canadian city. These data make possible the consideration of behavior and official rate‐producing processes in a model that lends support to a combination of conflict and organizational perspectives. Consideration is given to the need for additional research using a similar frame‐work in other types of community settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-398
Number of pages13
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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