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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 2416
Professor
B.Cartwright
Semester
Summer

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SYKES AND MATZA  Unlike Albert Cohen, Sykes and Matza argue that criminals know that what they are doing is wrong, and do experience shame and guilty  Use techniques of neutralization (rationalization) to justify or explain away their behavior.  Denial of responsibility, denial of injury, denial of the victim (they deserved it), condemnation of the condemners, appeal to higher loyalties o “I did it to protect gang’s reputation/territory” THE MAIN PROPONENTS  C. Ray Jeffery (1
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