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Sociological Theories of Delinquency - Chapter Summary
Work through this chapter at your own pace to review several sociological theories of delinquency. These bite-sized lessons are taught by expert instructors who clearly explain the features of sociological crime theories, as well as topics related to culture conflict, peacemaking, criminology theories and more. To help you solidify your understanding of these sociological theories, we've included lesson-specific quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam. You can print lesson transcripts to supplement your studying experience, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. These lessons and quizzes are accessible on any Internet-connected device, and once you've completed the chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize the features of sociological crime theories
- Evaluate the Chicago School's social disorganization theory
- Define the anomie theory, general strain theory and differential association theory
- Understand the concepts of culture conflict and peacemaking
- Explain several crime and criminology theories, including the social control theory, labeling theory, social learning theory
1. Sociological Theories of Crime: Overview & Features
Why do crime rates vary from community to community? In this lesson, we'll take a look at sociological theories of criminology, including the social learning and social conflict theories and sociological programs to prevent crime.
2. The Chicago School's Social Disorganization Theory
Why do some neighborhoods have higher crime rates than others? What elements make a community vulnerable to crime? Watch this lesson to find out about the Chicago School of Criminology and the social disorganization theory of crime.
3. Anomie: Definition, Theory & Examples
Learn what constitutes the concept of anomie. You will review anomie theory and examine several examples. Upon completion, you will have a thorough understanding of what constitutes anomie theory in criminal justice.
4. General Strain Theory: Definition & Examples
This lesson goes over something known as general strain theory. You'll learn its definition as well as how it applies to criminology with numerous examples.
5. What Is Culture Conflict? - Definition, Theory & Example
Review the social structure theory known as culture conflict theory in this lesson. Learn the definition of the theory and go over the two major types of culture conflict. Then, examine several examples to gain a thorough understanding.
6. The Social Learning Theory of Crime
How much do your friends influence your behavior? In this lesson, we'll examine the social learning theory of criminology, including the ideas of differential association and differential reinforcement, and when the tenets of social learning theory are most likely to happen.
7. Differential Association Theory: Definition & Examples
Learn what constitutes differential association theory in this lesson. Examine the definition in detail, including the basic tenets of the theory. In addition, review several examples of the theory.
8. Labeling Theory and Crime: Stigma & Retrospective and Projective Labeling
Labeling others is common in our society. In this lesson, we discuss the specifics of labeling theory, including when and why people are labeled. We also distinguish between retroactive and projective labeling and briefly discuss Travis Hirschi's control theory.
9. The Social Control Theory of Criminology: Origins & Development
When studying crime, many people ask questions about what causes criminals to commit crimes. But some people instead ask why people stay within the bounds of the law. In this lesson, we'll examine the social control theories of criminology.
10. The Critical Theories of Criminology: Overview & Features
This lesson explores critical theories of criminology (e.g., left realism, feminist theory, power-control theory). We'll also look at the justice system, crime, and delinquency, as they relate to each theory.
11. What is Peacemaking? - Definition & Theory
Peacemaking is a varied approach to resolving conflicts, ending injustice, and preventing violence. This lesson explores four theories of peacemaking to build a definition of peacemaking.
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