c-23 - Problems with Strain Theories 1 Hard to test and...

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Problems with Strain Theories 1. Hard to test and validate Goals Means Aspirations 2. What makes up Culture? Single set of values? Or different values and norms? 3. Gang delinquency overstated Constitutes small part of delinquency Gangs rarely so formal, specialized, or dominant 4. Theory largely limited to lower class crime Its Theory of Human Nature 1. Free Will & Hedonism a. People are free agents (their choices are ultimately undetermined by physical, social factors) . . . b. . . . because people are rational (they choose between alternative actions) c. Therefore : people can control their behavior d. The basis for their choice of action is to minimize pain, maximize pleasure (" Hedonism " ) Its Theory of State 2. The "Social Contract" a. People seek to maximize their own freedom b. Society is designed to create order from a system in which unlimited freedoms exist c. People establish laws as a Social Contract , to maximize freedom for all
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course CJUS 200 taught by Professor Kipp during the Winter '09 term at Indiana.

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c-23 - Problems with Strain Theories 1 Hard to test and...

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