Introducti16 - Introduction Sub-cultural theories of crime...

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Introduction Sub-cultural theories of crime and deviance can, perhaps, be seen as developments on explicitly ecological theories although, as we will see, they retain a strong theoretical undercurrent of Functionalist assumptions about the nature of the social world. While it’s evident that the general focus on the nature of cultural transmission and its relationship to behaviour involves a relatively strong Structuralist thread, there is also involved a clear strand of theoretical thinking that resembles some more-explicitly Interactionist ideas . In these Notes, therefore, the main aim is to give a brief overview of some of the main developmental currents in sub-cultural theory , coupled with a lead-in to Interactionist theorising. This will, I trust, become a little more clear once the information is introduced and considered. Types of Subcultural Theory As a way of structuring this particular discussion of sub-cultural theories, it might be useful to distinguish between two main types of sub-culture, namely: a.
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