Differential Association

Differential Association - B A Critique of Differential...

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Differential Association: Priority and Intensity: People develop deviant life styles when they deferentially associate with people who support norm violations. It is not especially necessary for people to associate with actual criminals, all that is needed is that criminal definitions are common. 1. Priority The earlier in life that one is exposed to deviant attitudes, the greater the chance the individual will learn and internalize those attitudes . 2. Intensity The more one associates with deviants, the greater the chance the individual will develop deviant attitudes and skills
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Unformatted text preview: . B. A Critique of Differential Association As with all perspectives, this one has it pet biases. In this case, the critique centers on the proposition that deviance is learned. Not all deviance can be accounted for using this assumption. 1. Some individuals, in fact, create deviance anew. 2. Certain types of crime (or deviance) do not fit the differential association pattern. Crimes of passion are a good example. Also, upper-class crimes may fit here. Wartime black market activities may also fit. 3. Further, many people are exposed to deviance, but are generally law abiding....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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