Fredric Milton Thrasher

Fredric Milton Thrasher was a sociologist at The University of Chicago and one of the most prominent members of the Chicago School of Sociology in the 1920s. He was born in Shelbyville, Indiana in 1892 and graduated from DePauw University in 1916 with a degree in social psychology. Among his most famous academic works is The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago, which essentially was the publication of his doctoral thesis. In the 1930s he moved to New York, where he took over a chair in Social psychology at New York University until his retirement in 1959. Towards the end of his career, he conducted several studies of the potential negative impact of comic books on youth delinquents.

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