ABSTRACT

Humans are too complex to be affected so simply, and not one of the theorists and researchers would attribute his or her own behavior to something so simple. Different areas of inquiry clearly emphasize certain methodologies. Any overemphasis of a single approach is dangerous for knowledge. Truth is a product of existing techniques of evidence production. One does not “know” reality beyond one’s ability to test that reality. Statistical analysis requires the use of numbers to represent concepts. This representation is based on a logic system-mathematics—invented by humans in order to better understand the world. Analytical techniques fail when they oversimplify the world, just as theories do. The favored method of the social sciences in general and criminology in particular is the survey, whether in interview or questionnaire format. Theoretical constructions of neighborhood have focused on social and environmental factors within a particular geographic boundary.