This is not a list of exact questions that will be on the exam. 1. How do the main bodies of theories (classical/neoclassical, biological, psychological, social structural, social process, and conflict/critical/social reaction) differ from one another? What kinds of questions does each group aim to explain? 2. How do individual-level theories differ from sociological theories? What kinds of questions does each group aim to explain? 3. How did Durkheim influence sociological explanations of crime? 4. What is the main argument of each theory listed below? 5. What assumptions are made by each theory listed below? 6. What are the strengths of each theory listed below? 7. What are the limitations of each theory listed below? 8. To what extent does existing research evidence support or challenge each of the theories below?
Classical/Neoclassical Theories Rational choice Deterrence Routine activities Biological & Psychological Positivist school and atavism Neurochemical/testosterone Genetics Personality traits Social Structural Social disorganization Merton’s classic strain theory Agnew’s general strain theory Relative deprivation Subcultural theory Social Process Differential association Differential identification Social bond theory Low self-control Neutralization theory Labeling Super traits Dual taxonomic theory Age-graded Conflict/Social Reaction Radical/Marxist Conflict Left-realist Peacemaking Feminist
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