Strain Theory - Crime is an all encompassing subject. It...

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Crime is an all encompassing subject. It has been an ever present social pressure on society since man developed the concept of personal property. Crime is prevalent in all societies across the Earth, and while it is considered a menace to some, others view it as a way of life, or a means of survival. There have been many theories as to the causation of crime, and while there are no definitive answers, two sociological theories stand out; Strain theory and Social Reaction Theory, otherwise known as Labeling Theory. Strain theory uses a Sociological approach to explain the causation of crime. It takes into account strains or pressures exerted on individuals in a given society, and attempts to show how crime is a direct result of those strains. Strain theory postulates that social structures within society may encourage citizens to commit crime. This is not to say that certain social structures leave individuals with no choice but to turn to crime, rather that when social structures are inadequate, or there is inadequate
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2010 for the course ENGINEERIN 305 taught by Professor Martincandell during the Spring '10 term at Rio Hondo College.

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