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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 101
Professor
James Mc Quaid
Semester
Fall

Description
Jiaxing Guo Professor McQuaid Sociology 101 Notes 10/31/13 Deterrence theory Variant of rational choice theory • A theory of human decision- making people act to max pleasure (benefits) and min. pain (cost) • Can reduce crime by increasing the likelihood of catching criminals and or increasing punishment • In both cases is the cost of crime goes up with the goal of changing potential criminals with “mental calculation” Functionalist Perspective Deviance clarifies mental boundaries and affirms norms Promotes social unity Promotes social change Functionalist strain theory
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