Social Conformity - Social Conformity Sub-cultural theories...

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Social Conformity: Sub-cultural theories reflect Functionalist theories in the sense that they stress the learning of norms and values as a crucial variable in relation to crime. Working class deviance (especially delinquency) is seen in terms of it being a strong social reaction to such things as the denial of social status and legitimate career opportunities. thus, working class males, for example, want the same kinds of things that everyone else in society is socialised to want. When they are denied access to these goals, they develop alternative means to satisfy their desires (cf. Merton). Again, deviants conform to certain values. The "problem" for society is one of ensuring everyone conforms to the norms by which these values can be legitimately realised. Thus, the social context of people's behaviour is significant and explains: 1. Why delinquency (as opposed to crime) tends to be a "passing phase" in the lives of young, working class, males (as they grow older they take-on greater social
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