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Unformatted text preview: General Sociological Concerns with psycho-dynamic Theories 1. Circularity--if behavior, then "impulse." Proof? Accounts for everything. 2. Sample size typically limited and skewed 3. Replaces one unseeable force (supernatural) with another ("impulses," "predispositions," genes) General Difficulties with biological and psychological theories: 1. ? Of neutrality--acts accepted as deviant. 2. Straight normative, wrong by nature 3. ? of street vs. elite deviance 4. Individualizes complex social issues 5. Assumptions about normalcy--who and what is normal, exactly? 6. Expert careers? 7. Politics of Good and Evil...
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