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Unformatted text preview: Rob Rhodes Z102980 SOCI 381 Assignment 5 According to strain theory, “people who experience [social] strain…are likely to feel anomie, a sense of normlessness. Because mainstream norms (work, education) don’t seem to be getting them anywhere, they find it difficult to identify with mainstream norms. They may even feel wronged by the system, and its rules may seem illegitimate.” Young, African-American males, are widely over represented in many crime statistics. Often, these people who are over represented in violent crime statistics come from poor neighborhoods, and lack the necessary means to eke out a living for themselves. The best example of this is the neighborhood drug dealer. There is a good chance that this person came from a poor neighborhood. His parents were likely stressed due to financial burdens which impacted his home life. Having a poor financial situation also means that the drug dealer did not receive the best education, because his parents could not afford to send him to college. After seeing his parents struggling so hard to barely get by, the young man decided that selling drugs would be a far...
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2008 for the course SOCI 381 taught by Professor Burchfield during the Spring '08 term at Northern Illinois University.
- Spring '08