Applicability of Traditional Environmental Criminological Theories in Developing Country Contexts

  • Adegbola OjoEmail author
  • Oluwole Ojewale


Theoretical foundations play important roles in the study of urban crime. It is against this milieu that this chapter discusses the suitability of mainstream Euro-American theories for explaining crime patterns in developing countries. The chapter starts by introducing the reader to a range of benefits of criminological theories and focuses on the main environmental and ecological theories. Following this, the chapter answers questions relating to how the mainstream theories might be deployed in experimental settings; how the performance of the theories can be evaluated and how the efficacy of urban crime interventions can be monitored on the basis of these theories. The chapter closes by making a case for the development of a new wave of ecological theories that take cognizance of the peculiarities of crime in African urban settings.


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  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity of LincolnLincolnUK
  2. 2.CLEEN FoundationAbujaNigeria

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