SOC229 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Boyd Gang, Glasser'S Choice Theory, Economic Model

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Tuesday 2 February 2016
Lecture 8
Motivation to Bank Robbery
Differentiate between initial motivation and the motivation to continue
Explain and critically discuss the various motivational components in robbery
Critically analyze ration choice
What is rational Choice Theory
Economic model based on expected utility
Maximize benefits and minimize losses
Implies thinking and planning
Explain instrumental crime
- Subjective/bounded/limited rationality
- Influence M.O. (how you’re going about doing something), target (targeting a store or
bank), getaway
Motivational components
Initial motivation
- Money
Perception of robbery as ‘easy’
Low risk – media driven
Low time commitment
Satisfies immediate needs (pay rent, debts, gifts, support your business)
Power and excitement (expressive)
Secondary gains
NO initial motivation ($), not significant
-fearful of robbery
regret victimization of innocents
Force themselves to carry out act
Refuse weaponry (for the fear of not victimizing innocent, and they don’t want hurt
someone, get caught and longer sentence)
Age factor – As they get older desire for power and excitement diminishes
Low risk
Nothing to lose attitude (no skills, support, just released)
Life assessment bleak
Lack of attachments, investments, involvement in conventional life
Fatalistic, dispirited, no sense of self control
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