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Social structures as a cause of crime

Introduction This chapter presents social structural explanations of crime. It has long been recognized that crime is not evenly distributed across space, with studies dating back to the early 1800s observing higher rates of crime in cities compared to rural areas.1 The theories in this chapter attempt to explain that spatial pattern by looking to the dynamics of social status, relationships, and social institutions such as the economy and family.