Merging Agnew's General Strain Theory and Hirschi's Social Bond Theory

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The two theories I have decided to merge are Agnew’s General Strain Theory and Hirschi’s Social Bond Theory. I picked General Strain Theory because it does a good job at discussing some of the things that can trigger the release of a person’s negative emotions which in turn may lead to deviant behavior. I also decided to write about Social Bond Theory because it describes some of the factors that keep people from committing crime. Both of the theories have strengths and weaknesses individually, but when merged they help fill in each other’s gaps. (Agnew, 2011; Hirschi, 2011) +1 (888) 295-7904 The proposal of Robert Agnew’s General Strain Theory in explaining criminal deviance is based on three concepts. The first concept is that people …show more content…
(Agnew, 2011) There are a lot of people who have lost their cell phones due to their own carelessness or it was stolen. Anyone who has lost their cell phone has experienced the first type of strain. Agnew plainly describes the strain as a result when individual’s “lose something good” (Agnew, 2011. p. 190). The description Agnew gives comes off as being ambiguous and incomplete. Arguably, the strain of losing something good can be interpreted a certain way by someone and a completely different way by another person. A perfect example would be a drug dealer losing his cocaine. According to this theory he is more apt to commit a deviant act to get his cocaine back. Obviously the problem here is the fact that he was already committing a crime before the strain ever took place. On the other, a victim of identity theft has their entire savings wiped out. Consequently, due to their desperate need for money they become a prostitute. In this case the theory seems to hold true. The scenarios above appear to be completely different in all but two ways. The two ways in which they are similar are they both lost something important to them. The word good is not defined by what society approves or disapproves of. What’s considered to be good is based on the individual’s own definition. The second similarity is that their loss triggered negative emotions such as anger, depression, and frustration. In these two similarities the core concept of General
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