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Broken Windows Theory: Race and Disorder

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(WEAA)— The ‘broken windows theory’ uses broken windows as a metaphor for disorder within neighborhoods.

The theory states disorder and incivility within a community encourages further disorder and crime.

“For example, when we see something that we call physical disorder in the neighborhood, something like a broken window or graffiti or litter on the ground and no one fixes it…it suggest that there is some kind of disorder in the neighborhood…It is to blame it on the residents that they are somehow not fixing these issues and that they no longer care about the community.” -Dr. Loren Henderson.

Dr. Henderson, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County whose research interests include diversity issues, stratification and inequality, health disparities, and race, class, gender, and sexuality.

She joins Dr. Kaye to share her insight on the ‘broken windows theory’.