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LSA2010 Criminological theory

descriptions of four different criminological theories

Connor Thomas

on 23 April 2010

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Transcript of LSA2010 Criminological theory

Criminological Theories Sociological Determinism Theories
-Social Learning
-Conflict Social Learning
-Learning from other people that crime is okay. Interacting with the wrong people can lead to crime and once criminal behavior is reinforced then it becomes a habit. Labeling
-When people are labeled as something then thats how they will think of themselves as and their actions will be that of the person they are being called. So if someone is called a criminal they will think of themselves as a criminal and act like a criminal.
- When social surrounding become strained
or are weak to begin with then an imbalance exists and crime rates become very high. People feel a lack of normalness. Conflict
- there are two groups trying to
get their own ideas used and they fight for power and control
I personally believe that the social learning theory is the best description of why crime occurs. I think that people act like the people they hang around. If a kid hangs around a gruop of people that commit crimes then they will be more likely to commit crimes themselves.
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