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Many Western countries were in the classic take-off period of industrialisation and urbanisation (only Britain had passed effectively through that stage). The cities of industrial society attracted young migrant workers. Most of the problems perceived as urban issues had to do with youth, growth, lack of space, cultural clashes, etc. Today, in most Western countries at least, the picture is very different. Urban areas tend to be losing population to their outer Cities, Crime and Social Disorganisation 35 suburbs, satellite towns and even the countryside.
Furthermore, he has developed interests and a philosophy of life which are in keeping with the standards of conventional society. (Shaw, 1966, p. 183) In Zorbaugh's study, The Goldcoast and the Slum, which records Cities, Crime and Social Disorganisation 25 the very diverse worlds of groups living close to each other, he makes a very telling comparison: The rooming-house which has replaced the boarding house is a very different sort of place to live. It has no dining room, no parlour, no common meeting place.
69). Crime is thus an inescapable feature of society. Such notions of the origins of crime in society itself, rather than in individuals or in abnormal conditions, were crucial in making sociologies of crime possib1e. Durkheim's direct heirs here are mainly American sociologists in the structural-functionalist line, but all who have since worked in this field are indebted to him. The direct line runs through Robert Merton, who used Durkheim's concept of anomie, developed in his analysis of suicide.