The general spread of crime and delinquency and other symptoms of the breakdown of social mores is a frequent concomitant of urban growth under rapid industrialization. In the expanding cities more than any other stratum the city proletariat is subject to the phenomenon of social and personal disorganization, not merely because of deplorable conditions under which its members live, but also because they consist largely of rural masses who have been attracted by industrialization and who suffer all the consequences of a maladjustment brought about by a rapid change in the cultural environment.
One form of anti-social behaviour is defined as behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress towards people as a result of prejudice on grounds of race, sex, disability or creed.
The poet, the artist, the sleuth - whoever sharpens our perception tends to be anti-social; rarely "well-adjusted", he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists among anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are. (Marshall McLuhan).
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