Western Criminology Review
Dominant models in the social disorganization literature differentially focus on the ability of neighborhoods to enact social control and the willingness to do so. Despite the interest in both concepts, often no clear definition of either is provided, and there is little discussion of their relationship or how they interact to affect neighborhood crime rates. This paper begins to explore the relationship between ability and willingness to enact social control. The findings suggest that, for formal control, ability and willingness are closely related. Furthermore, at the aggregate level, concentrated disadvantage combined with perceived inability has a strong impact on neighborhood crime rates.
Original Publication Citation
Triplett, R. A., Sun, I. Y., & Gainey, R. R. (2005). Social disorganization and the ability and willingness to enact control: A preliminary test. Western Criminology Review, 6(1), 89-103.
Triplett, Ruth A.; Sun, Ivan Y.; and Gainey, Randy R., "Social Disorganization and the Ability and Willingness to Enact Control: A Preliminary Test" (2005). Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 4.