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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 1125
Professor
K.Chin
Semester
Fall

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Social Control, Rational Choice and Deterrence Underlying Assumptions  Nothing unique about criminal behaviour, and that motivation to engage in such behaviour is quite widespread  Ask why more individuals don't commit crimes  Notion underlying all types of control theory is that conformity cannot be taken for granted  If you want conformity and social control, you need effective socialization  Agents of socialization: Family, peers, education, and mass media  If people don't learn/internalize social conventions or norms, then social controls will break down or become ineffective Walter Reckless' Containment Theory  Inner containment = part of psychological makeup; e.g., self control, good self-image, ability to tolerate frustration
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