By Don Weatherburn
By Bronwyn Lind
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:2000
Online Publication Date:September 2009
This book challenges the conventional view that disadvantage causes crime because it motivates people to offend. It argues that disadvantage causes crime because it disrupts the parenting process. The theory put forward in the book maintains that it takes a long time for disadvantage to increase the level of crime in a neighborhood. However, once the level of economic and social stress in a neighborhood reaches a critical level, it can set off an epidemic of juvenile offending.