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crim chapter 5 - 2 Strain is the tension or uneasy feeling...

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1. Although it is supported, Merton’s anomie theory is enhanced through the institutional anomie theory. Merton’s theory states two ideas. First, that social institutions regulation on behavior plays a big role in crime. Secondly, Merton discusses the importance that Americans put on success and the high degree of inequality and how these factors determine why crime happens. High crime rates in America caused by the power of economic institutions over noneconomic institutions, as discussed by Messner and Rosenfield. Due to the power of money, social control is at an all time low in our country. Merton’s anomie theory is a more substantial idea for why crime occurs than Messner and Rosenfield’s. People who fail in the successes of life often resort to crime in order to find a way to get by. Also, the way one is brought up, and the social institutions they are involved in plays a much larger role in how their life ends up.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Strain is the tension or uneasy feeling that people face when pressures or expectations begin to grow. These pressures can be both internal and external. The three main causes are economic failure, negative stimuli, and the loss of positive stimuli. The loss of a job or failure in a business is an example that can create strain on an individual. 3. When comparing general and classic strain theory, I believe that general strain theory does a better job of defining why crime exists. Classic strain theory focuses around money as the main reason why crime exists. Although money is a strong force, the new ideas brought up by Agnew cannot be ignored. These three ideas are they inability to achieve a goal, removal of positive stimuli, and presence of negative stimuli. The general strain theory takes a deeper look into crime, and focuses more on the internal battles that people need to deal with day to day....
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