Social Disorganization : A Social Fault

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Social disorganization is a theory brought up from the Chicago School of Thought in which is explained as being ecological rather than individualistic. Social disorganization is not about what people do however it is about a community not being able to come up with moral consensus. In social disorganization individuals cannot agree overall on how the neighborhood should be enforced. This does not necessarily mean that the individuals are immoral or bad people, but they simply cannot come to an agreement as a whole. Social disorganization is a control based theory and has three major processes, which is heterogeneity, residential mobility, and poverty. There were two processes that were seen to increase the likelihood of social disorganization. Areas categorized by economic deficiency were inclined to have high rates of population turnover (Bursik, 1988). For example if there are minorities or immigrant groups living in a certain area because that is the living condition they can afford, in order for population turnover to occur heterogeneity and residential mobility needs to take place. Whether people are kicked out or too poor to afford the living conditions in that area is in favor of disorganization because poor conditions result in high levels of poverty leading to factors such as high unemployment rates. These rates decrease as people move further out into the residential living areas and the suburbs. There are physical and non-physical characteristics of social
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