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A Cross-National, Longitudinal Test Of Institutional Anomie Theory, Marc Alan Kittleson Apr 2012

A Cross-National, Longitudinal Test Of Institutional Anomie Theory, Marc Alan Kittleson

Master's Theses

Institutional anomie theory, developed by Messner and Rosenfeld (1994), explains variations in crime rates across geographic areas and time as resulting from the interrelationship between social institutions and culture. Their theory predicts that when the institution of the economy dominates all other social institutions, and when norms and values focus heavily on monetary success, crime rates will be higher than when there is less dominance of the economy. Institutional anomie theory has been tested using a number of different methods and data from county-level to international-level aggregates. This study addresses the research question of whether variations in crime victimization can ...