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Nyc broken mirror theory Human psyche Goetz Goetz plus nyc connection Daniel Yoon Expository Writing 101 September 8, 2010 In response to the sharp and alarming rise in criminal activity in New York City, the Broken Windows theory proposed by criminologists James Q. Wilson and George Kelling presented an interesting and radical concept as well as a potential solution. The Broken Windows theory postulated that crime was not a matter of upbringing or even psychological disorder but rather the deteriorating environment of the city provoking the normally average citizen or hoodlum to transform into a violent criminal. Wilson and Kelling’s suggestion that the human psyche can be switched to that of a sociopath by dramatically changing the environment and circumstance (despite a person’s upbringing) is certainly an unnerving thought. The theory’s hypothesis was tested on the subways of New York City and the results provided a new understanding of human behavior specifically concerning the power of context. The majority of the theory stressed the idea of the
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