Criminology 3-13-08

Criminology 3-13-08 - Analytic Memos Summarize...

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Analytic Memos Summarize Synthesize (combine, integrate, focus key elements) Analyze Discuss NO PLAY-BY PLAY!!! Ask: What’s the author’s research question? What are the substantive methods? (What did they find) Strain Theory Under the Gun o Strain theory under heavy attack in the 1970s Survived, but barely Causal models dominated by variables derived from differential association and social contro l theories o Agnew’s Position Strain theory has a central role to play in explanation of crime/delinquency, but it must be revised Shaky Foundations? o Most research has adopted the perspective of models developed by: Merton (1938) Cohen (1955) o But, recent research makes problematic some assumptions of these perspectives Strain not only the result of blocked goals ; also the result of negative stimuli Move toward the “micro” >>> social psychology Negative affect (emotional state) Differences o Strain theory focuses on people’s
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