Unformatted text preview: crime , and those background or "distant" factors that determine or influence the tendency to commit crime, criminality . • The origin of crime is low self-control , which results from inadequate, ineffective, and inconsistent socialization by parents early in childhood. • Criminal acts provided immediate and easy or simple gratification of desires and are exciting, risky, or thrilling • Since crime entails "the pursuit of immediate pleasure, people lacking in self control will also tend to pursue immediate pleasures that are not criminal." • It is self control that determines social control Critique of Anomie ( strain) Theory: • Crime is an impulsive act which provides immediate, short-term, and rather skimpy rewards • Criminals lack the skills, diligence and persistence necessary for the deviant "adaptations" • Does not explain the incidence, or rate of criminal behavior as a whole, since most of it is petty, compulsive and immediate...
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, Hirschi, Social control theory, Diane DeMelo