Societal Development, Social Equality, and Homicide: A Cross-National Test of a Durkheimian Model

@inproceedings{Messner1982SocietalDS,
  title={Societal Development, Social Equality, and Homicide: A Cross-National Test of a Durkheimian Model},
  author={Steven F. Messner},
  year={1982}
}
The purpose of this paper is to formulate and test a Durkheimian model of societal development and homicide. Relying heavily on Anthony Giddens' recent reinterpretation of the Division of Labor, we argue that development has no overall effect on the societal homicide rate primarily because the egalitarian changes accompanying development make for new forms of social solidarity. Our theory leads us to predict that there will be no significant zeroorder relationship between development and… CONTINUE READING

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