what is the social disorganization theory?

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The social disorganization theory explains the incidence of criminal behavior in a sociological strata. It basically states that in chaotic neighborhoods without basic norms of proper social relationships, and without a fostering sense of community is unable to create an organized community where rules are established for the common benefit.

Instead, the lack of organization fosters chaos which, in turn, fosters criminal and illegal behavior. Hence, the theory states that neighborhoods with poor quality of life is more likely to suffer from crimes than more organized communities.