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Volume 60, issue 4
Geogr. Helv., 60, 293–302, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-60-293-2005
© Author(s) 2005. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Geogr. Helv., 60, 293–302, 2005
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-60-293-2005
© Author(s) 2005. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  31 Dec 2005

31 Dec 2005

Towards a model of crime variations and solutions : a framework for geographical work

W. K. D. Davies W. K. D. Davies
  • Department of Geography, University of Calgary. 2500 University Drive, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.T2N 1N4

Abstract. A model of alternative approaches to the study of crime provides a framework for future geographical work, incorporating key components of the criminology literature as well as spatial issues. It is shown how the phenomena of crime, and anti-social behaviour in general, is a «social construction», illustrating the relativist nature of the way we represent. The model also shows that explanations for crime variations can be summarized in terms of two broad approaches: either individual behaviour, sub-group or area effects, or from societal mechanisms.

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