Criminology 4-17-08

Criminology 4-17-08 - SELF-CONTROL THEORY (cont.) • •...

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SELF-CONTROL THEORY (cont.) Where Classical Thinkers Went Wrong o Began with a general theory of human behavior Then, narrowed attention to crime as defined by the state PROBLEM!!! o Ignored may behavior… Analogous to crime in terms of social reaction Identical to crime in terms of causation Where Positivist Thinkers Went Wrong o Began with a general method of research, but no theory of human behavior o As a result, adopted Classical focus on crime o Eventually, turned to a broader category of deviance Picked up behaviors missed by Classical thinkers PROBLEM!!! No theory of human behavior, no way to connect all the forms of deviance… Tendency to develop behavior-specific theories A MODERN VIEW OF CLASSICAL THEORY o Ever-present possibilities in human affairs o People vary in their propensity to use force and fraud criminality” Hedonism o All human conduct can be understood as the self-interested pursuit of pleasure
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course SOCI 301 taught by Professor Myrstol during the Spring '08 term at Arkansas.

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Criminology 4-17-08 - SELF-CONTROL THEORY (cont.) • •...

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