Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology/Criminal Justice

Program/Concentration

Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Melvina Sumter

Committee Member

Daniel Pryce

Committee Member

Ingrid Whitaker

Abstract

The influence of religion in society has been debated for hundreds of years. Renowned scholars like Max Weber and Émile Durkheim formed frameworks in which to study the relationship between religion and crime. The frameworks are based on the idea that religion promotes desirable behavior in society, while also controlling undesirable behavior. Although religion can be studied across many disciplines, this report examines the relationship between religion and crime. More specifically, the impact of religion on crime in the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. It has been thought that religiosity decreases crime. Using social bond theory as the theoretical perspective, this research suggests otherwise. Findings from this report show that religious commitment is positively related to crime, while at the multivariate level no relationship was found between religion and crime.

DOI

10.25777/pmx3-2758

ISBN

9798641068855

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Criminology Commons

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