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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- Fall '11
- Sociology, Merton, Classic Strain Theory