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Unformatted text preview: depending on the available opportunities and role models, legitimate or illegitimate. Three groups exist under this perspective: The first is criminal. In criminal groups, juveniles are organized, and the primary goal of the activity is to make money. A lack of legitimate means has been replaced by illegitimate ones, such as theft or extortion. The second group is the conflict group. In this group, there are few legitimate or illegitimate opportunities. These groups are found primarily in poor socially disorganized neighborhoods. As a result, toughness and fighting are the primary goals. The final group is the retreatist. This group cannot fight well, or profit from their crimes. They are the double-losers....
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- Spring '10
- Social Disorganization Theory, Differential Association Theory, Robert K. Merton, differential opportunity theory, culturally approved goals