Old theories and new approaches: Evaluating Freda Adler’s theory of low crime and its implications for criminology

  title={Old theories and new approaches: Evaluating Freda Adler’s theory of low crime and its implications for criminology},
  author={Amy E Nivette},
  journal={Theoretical Criminology},
  pages={83 - 99}
Many years ago, Freda Adler (1983) sought to explain the full variation of crime rates through the notion of synnomie. Although Adler’s research was incomplete and somewhat flawed, it drew attention to low crime societies as the subject of criminological research. In this article I critically revisit Adler’s ideas in order to encourage a more methodologically rigorous approach to researching low crime societies. The main issues this article addresses are the assumption of ‘low’ crime and the… Expand

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