A LOGICAL CONNECTION
· Connection to Merton’s strain theory, and to Chicago School’s
concern with inner city slums, social disorganizations and
delinquent youth gangs.
· Connection to Sutherland’s theory of differential association;
Cohen saw his work as elaboration on some of unresolved issues
regarding transmission of cultural values
· Gang delinquency most prevalent amongst lower class males.
· Nonutilitarian, malicious and negativistic behaviour · Short term hedonism, often causing discomfort to others.