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General Strain Theory (GST), Relative Deprivation, Culture Deviance, Delinquent Subcultures and Types of Gangs.docx

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Criminology
Course
CRIM 1125
Professor
K.Chin
Semester
Fall

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General Strain Theory (GST), Relative Deprivation, Culture Deviance, Delinquent Subcultures and Types of Gangs General Strain Theory (GST) Robert Agnew (1992)  Micro Theory -explains individual experience of strain\  Crime is result of negative affective states (emotions) caused by -failure to achieve goals -achievements not meeting expectations -loss of positive things (divorce) -negative stimuli (abuse)  Crime (violence) results from: -continuous or repeated strain. -few resources for coping with strain  Explains -peaking of crime in adolescence  What about women’s lower rates of crime? -females may be socialized to control and internalize stress Relative Deprivation Judith and Peter Blau (1982)  Sense of injustice is based on comparison -rich and poor live in close proximity -causes discontent -violence and crime escalate -rich retreat to gated communities  Explains -middle and upper class deviance
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