Preventing Crime in Transitional Societies

David Chiabi, New Jersey City University

Previous and recent research suggests that developing countries, particularly those undergoing rapid social changes, usually experience rising crime rates. Urbanization and industralization are said to bring about social changes in developing nations. These changes often produce perrsonal alienation and instability and may lead to anomic conditions that lead to increases in crime. This paper explores some approaches that can be adapted by developing societies to avoid crime as an effect of rapid social change. It examines crime as a complex social, economic and political problem that requires strategies integrated throughout affected systems. It addresses how crime problems experienced by transitional socieites in the past can be avoided by those currently undergoing similar rapid changes.

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Updated 05/20/2006