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soc final qs ii - Hagan and McCarthy MEAN STREETS ~What is...

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Hagan and McCarthy MEAN STREETS ~What is the relationship between youth homelessness and street crimes according to Hagan and McCarthy? The experience of street life itself raises the likelihood of a youth engaging in serious theft. Street life for the homeless youth is depicted, based largely on self-reported data, as violent and crime- ridden, strikingly individualized at its core, and a continuing challenge for money, food and lodgings. The authors show that the high level of serious criminal behaviour there is accounted for mostly by these foreground factors. ~What are the background factors and foreground factors? Background factors are the developmental experiences of homeless youth (class position, paternal and maternal relational/instrumental control, parental use of force, family disruption, sexual abuse, etc. ) foreground factors are the conditions of urban street life. ~How do they integrate control and strain theory? Do you think they did a satisfactory job? Social control theory- parental attachment, supervision, and discipline. Crime results as a failure of family and schools to develop self-control or social bonds with the youth. Strain Theory- motivation for crime is the cumulative frustrations arising from background structural inequality. Integration of the two theories: families experiencing problems with employment are less likely to be intact, thus more likely to use inconsistent/volatile parenting styles (esp. with sons). Youth thus have low school goals and high conflict with parents and teachers, all of which increases the probability of taking to the streets. ~What are the pros and cons of self-report methodology in criminology? Pros - common forms of delinquency are measurable in anonymous studies of school populations. -large samples -systemic measurement of variables that could be tested for role in causation of delinquency -provided paradigm for classic contributions to criminology theory testing Cons -usually limited to seniors and juniors of high school standings -common indiscretions reported are less likely to be the crimes that concern citizens. -school children reporting have a lowered risk of involvement in serious offenses ~Define different forms of CAPITAL human capital, relationships that transmit skills/knowledge. The set of skills which an employee acquires on the job, through training and experience, and which increase that employee's value in the marketplace.. economic capital, money, assets, etc. political capital, political ties social capital, social embeddedness that generates obligations, expectations, trustworthiness, information channels, norms
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