Unformatted text preview: class culture, meaning, lower class criminals have values taught by their own community. I can attribute to this because I believe we are all a products of our upbringing, or culture. I am the way I am because of how I am raised, and so are criminals possibly. Durkheim also theorized anomie, or social immobility directly causing deviance which is the root of crime. The power of association is seen here through gang conflict and the association with criminals. The 14 year old probably would never kill someone if not prompted to do so by an older affiliated gang member. With that said, these theories can somewhat explain how society impacts individuals, even at a young age. Nature verses nurture is a biological theory surrounding this issue as well, bringing us back to the point of how the child is raised. These theories, biological and sociological, both play an important role in the development of youth....
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- Spring '11
- Sociology, Nature verses nurture, Hayley Miller, lower class criminals, affiliated gang member