Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. S. George Vicentnathan

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas G. White

Third Advisor

Dr. Philip A. Ethridge


This thesis will explain how social disorganization leads to the radicalization. During the process of rapid change (e.g. abrupt democratization of previously authoritarian Bosnian society) new situations cause development of new desires (e.g. a need for greater independence from social controls) which results in development of new attitudes (e.g. individualism). When the society is unable to satisfy the new desires and attitudes, people resort to illegal acts and even violence to meet their new needs, and social disorganization develops. Due to lack of research that focuses directly on Bosnia this thesis will analyze similar researches conducted in other regions (e.g. India and Northern Ireland), and examine whether their findings could be applicable to Bosnian conditions.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Criminology Commons