October 17 2012
Hirshi- A Control Theory of Delinquency
- Attachment (Anti-social attachments; parents, friends)
- Commitment (to school, to laws, goals, to oneself)
- Involvement (sports, clubs, community)
- Belief (religion)
Can Restrain People from Acting on their Desire To Act Illegally. If you don’t have these
things it causes problems.
- Durkheim- We are moral beings as long as we are social beings (if you can tbe social
with people, you are immoral)
- Internalizing Norms (comparing an abnormal life to your life)
- Anomie (society has let you down- someone couldn’t care less what happens to them; no
one can help you)
- Considering the cost o deviant behaviour. E.G Education, Business Career.
- Assumes that the organization of Society is such that the interests of most persons would
be endangered if they were to engage in criminal acts.
- Socialized into deviant behaviour.
- Beliefs are treated as mere words when other forms of control are missing. (eg love is a
form of control; 1) If you believe your parents love you and then they don’t, you won’t
care what you do! 2) Child abuse- not beat children, but love them)
- Rationalization of the act and the Belief are in it.
- Attachment and C