Structural Theories of Crime

What were Emile Durkheim’s contributions toward understanding deviance as a normal phenomenon and the influence of structural forces on individual behavior including suicide. Explain the social disorganization and social ecology approaches. Provide a critique of social disorganization theory. Explain anomie theory, including Merton’s typology of logical adaptations to anomie, and the defense and extension of this approach. Explain general strain theory Explain subcultural theory, including Cohen’s status frustration model, Millers focal concerns, Cloward and Ohlin’s differential opportunity theory. Explain how structural theories of crime fail to explain why females in poor urban areas have lower crime and delinquency rates than males in these same areas.




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