Strengths And Weaknesses Of Crime Theory

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The theory currently has more weaknesses than strengths, and this is what inhibits it becoming a more relevant theory. One of the biggest-criticisms of the theory that Shaw and McKay neglected to propose ways to meliorate the biggest source of criminality in zone 2 of the concentric zones (Tibbetts, 2015). They identify that the introduction of factories and businesses into residential areas is a major-problem, and source for criminality, but fail to recommend a way to diminish this production (Tibbetts, 2015). Furthermore, the assumption in this theory is that social disorganisation is the cause of delinquency, and fail to considering that other more basic factors such as the biological dynamics of the individual having a role in the actions of individuals (Lowman, 1986). In addition to only focusing on the individual’s environment, the theory ignores a range of power-processes involved in creating laws, and how those laws are policed (Roh and Choo, 2015). The theory fails to consider the impact legal and other social control measures could have-on an individual’s actions (Lowman, 1986). Additionally, Lowman (1986) discusses that there are limited methods available to utilise the theory in examining crime, the main measurement currently available is that crime and deviance within an area is significantly high, and this is tautological, therefore alternative methods need to be sought to allow more application of the theory.
Due to the lack of measurement available it means
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