Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Skogan, Wesley G.: Disorder and Decline
William H. Sousa
Wesley G. Skogan's Disorder and Decline: Crime and the Spiral of Decay in American Neighborhoods is a classic study in the fields of sociology and criminal justice. In Disorder and Decline , Skogan examines the concept of disorder, which refers to minor offenses and other disreputable behaviors and conditions that can potentially impact the quality of life in neighborhoods. Specifically, Skogan investigates how minor disorders relate to serious criminal activity, citizen fear of crime, and neighborhood destabilization. Skogan draws extensively on survey data from nearly 13,000 respondents to study disorder and its impact. The respondents were residents of 40 neighborhoods in six U.S. cities: Newark (New Jersey), Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco. The surveys were originally administered as part of five separate studies conducted between 1977 and 1983. All of the surveys asked residents to answer questions on a variety of topics pertaining to neighborhood life, including disorder, ...