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Chapter 6: Criminology Vocab Stratified society - people grouped according to economic or social class; characterized by the unequal distribution of wealth, power, and prestige Social class - segment of the population whose members are at a relatively similar economic level and who shared attitudes, values, norms, and an identifiable lifestyle Culture of poverty - a separate lower class culture, characterized by apathy, cynicism, helplessness, and mistrust of social institutions such as schools, government agencies, and the police, that is passed from one generation to the next Underclass - the lowest social stratum in any country, whose members lack the education and skills needed to function successfully in modern society Social structure theory - the view that disadvantaged economic class position is a primary cause of crime Social disorganization theory - branch of social structure theory that focuses on the breakdown in inner city neighborhoods of institutions such as the family, school, and employment Strain theory - branch of social structure theory that sees crime as a function of the
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