Essay on Factors Affecting the Complexity of Criminal Behavior

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This essay will consider the notion that any person could become a criminal. In considering this, the question ‘what makes a criminal a criminal’ will be discussed. Defining criminal behaviour is itself, difficult as it could be considered a wide range of behaviours from tasting fruit at the market to speeding to swearing at someone in frustration. Further to this discussion is a consideration of the roles that society and individuals have in defining and contributing to people engaging in criminal behaviours. There are a range of theories that attempt to describe human behavior reflecting the complexities of human behaviour. Given the range of theories of behaviour, there is not any one theory that can fully explain criminal behaviour …show more content…
This higher crime rate in certain areas seems to be maintained over time (Hayes, Prenzler, 2009). There may be many reasons impacting on this phenomenon including socio-economic, and the limited resources associated with this (less money, fewer services). This may be a cause contributing to the reason why people living in these areas become criminals – that is, to survive (Baumer & Gustafson, 2007).

It is too simple to consider that crime pays well and many commit crime to live a certain lifestyle they believe it will create. It should be noted that while some may view crime as an easy pathway to having a lifestyle, crime can also cause many lives to self destruct and in turn significantly impair lifestyles (Burrough, 2009). The classical theory lacks the idea of individual’s self-control rather it considers that the meaning for the individuals depends on their current location and the temptations that surround them (Gottfredson, Hirschi 1990).

Society can manipulate many members’ behaviours, and with these anyone could experience the sensation and compulsion to commit a crime (Gottfredson, Hirschi 1990). An example of this may be peer pressure. This aspect can be variable as it is reliant on the individual being around those peers. People generally behave differently around dissimilar people while they may behave alternately when alone (Krueger, Massey, 2009). Crime is perceived
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