SOC 2700 Lecture Notes - Theory-Theory, Labeling Theory, Broken Windows Theory

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A way of understanding how and why crime occurs. If you don"t learn from the past, you"re doomed to repeat it. Theory is important to resist repeating history explain and predict why crime occurred. Can theory be used to predict outcome of behaviour. Anime american dream work hard/go to school/get job = millionaire everyone has an equal chance in society realization that this is a false reality causes criminality. *theories of crime either explain crime or attempt to predict crime. Labeling theory crime becomes part of your identity. Used to explain crime based on observations gather data and make sense of it. If you possess a list of things you would like to prove (i. e. a list of what may make someone likely to break the law child abuse, mental illness, lack of power) What type of person is likely to be victimized by crime. Person likely to break the law, or to be victimized.

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