Student: Marie-Catherine James*
Mentor: Gerald Reid
This study examines civil war and it’s impact on patterns of crime and violence in the future. This study was conducted in an effort to target a reason for excessive rates of violent crime in certain countries. Utilizing the sociological theory of Social Bonding by Travis Hirshi, I explore the correlation between countries that have experienced a civil war within the last 50 years and their current rates of violent crime, in comparison to countries that have not experienced a civil war. I hypothesized that countries that have experienced a civil war will have a higher rate of post-civil war violent crime. I utilize Hirshi’s theory as such: social bonds encourage people to conform to social norms thus, when social bonds are severed, people are deviant. In especially unique events such as a civil war, people are more extremely deviant and thus, more likely to commit violent crimes. I researched and tested this hypothesis using both quantitative and qualitative data analysis of existing statistics and comparative research for 36 countries and determined that my hypothesis was supported by the tests performed.
* Honors Senior