Sociological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features


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George attends a town hall meeting to ask his local politician what steps can be taken to address the rising crime in the area. George explains that he believes deeply that nobody is born a criminal; he thinks instead that circumstances in the community helped lead to this rise in crime. Which of the following theories is George most likely to agree with?

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1. _____ theories of criminology believe that society influences a person to become a criminal.

2. According to social conflict theory, why are inequalities of wealth important in understanding crime?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will touch on theories revolving around crime and focus on those theories revolving around society.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be tested on the following theories:

  • Sociological theory
  • Conflict theory
  • Learning theory

Skills Practiced

  • Reading Comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson
  • Critical Thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about crime in a different light
  • Defining Key Concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the study of crime and punishment

Additional Learning

If you are interested in finding out more about this subject, take a look at Sociological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features. The lesson covers the following:

  • Different crime prevention programs
  • Connections between crime, unemployment and poverty
  • Commonalities between different theories related to crime