The network structure of crime

Andrew V. Papachristos*

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From theoretical physics to field-driven anthropology, researchers are increasingly exploring how the connections among individuals, amoebas, brain cells, organizations, and institutions affect what we feel, think, and do. However, the application of social network analysis to the study of crime, deviance, and violence has arrived a bit late to this network turn in the social and behavioral science. I argue that this network turn in the social sciences be an important turning point in the study of crime and deviance, but only if taken as an opportunity to evaluate our core theoretical principles and consider new ways to understand and measure them. The goal of this essay is to take stock of the state of the field, while also providing a moment of pause to consider some fruitful ways of advancing this line of inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-357
Number of pages11
JournalSociology Compass
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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