Date of Award

Summer 2006

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Randy Gainey

Committee Member

Garland White

Committee Member

Michael Fischer

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 E39 2006


The impact of crime on the community has gained notoriety within the sociological field over the last twenty years. With growing citizen concern it is important to understand the impact of crimes rates on communities. Social disorganization theory focuses on the relationship between crime and the community, however, little research has been done on social disorganization theory as it relates to victimless crimes such as prostitution. It is important to understand how variables derived from social disorganization theory explain levels of prostitution across neighborhoods. This is important because victimless crimes such as prostitution often act as precursors to greater crime problems within the community. Results of this research support the substance of social disorganization and shows that the theory applies to victimless crimes such as prostitution.


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