crim 2.docx - The Wire Rational Choice Theory In this short clip there is an individual who is in a gang We see that he is preplanning with the other

crim 2.docx - The Wire Rational Choice Theory In this short...

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The Wire: Rational Choice Theory In this short clip, there is an individual who is in a gang. We see that he is preplanning with the other members of his gang to steal something from a house. The next day, he follows out his plan with his group. The clip shows how rational choice theory works in which individuals have the choice to engage in crime. Rational choice theory states individuals are rations and have the free will to engage in crime and they want to maximize pleasure and minimize pain. Rational choice
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Unformatted text preview: theory states that potential criminals consider the crime and evaluate the risk-reward ratio. Their rationality is often bounded by circumstances such as self-control, and moral beliefs like seen in this clip. This clip is a perfect example of rational choice theory where the individuals engage in the crime because of background factors (being in a gang), clouded judgement, and desistance (making a decision in the moment of a crime that should reduce the chances of being caught)....
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