Unformatted text preview: an individual. These factors include: (*Illustrate with discussion of associations and experiences of "con artist" subculture) 1) intensity of contacts with others (more likely to be influenced by intimates). 2) age of contacts (more powerful when person is younger) 3) ratio of contacts (the more one associates with deviants vs. conformists, the more likely s/he is to become deviant). Problems - although it explains certain forms of deviance, it neglects others which don't require direct instruction (e.g., check forgery) or which may be learned through contact with conforming citizens; Also fails to explain how some acts become defined as deviant. .....
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, Differential Association Theory, deviant influences