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4/27/09 SOCIAL LEARNING THEORIES Means to engage in crime include: 1) Opportunity structures 2) Learning structures Learning = habits and knowledge that develop as a result of experiences of an individual  entering and adjusting to the environment. Differential Association *We learn by our different interactions with different people* Edwin Sutherland  – IU Sociology – coined the term “white collar crime” (KNOW THIS!) - Developed as a reaction to strain and sub-cultural theories, which focuses  on acts of certain segments of society.  - Crime’s prevalent in both lower and middle classes – across social  classes. - A theory of crime must explain both common crime and white-collar crime. - Influences by symbolic interactionism (Mead).  Tenets of DA: 1. Criminal behavior is learned. - Not in-born, not predetermined, anyone can learn.
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