Self-Control Theory

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Self-control Theory of Crime Evaluation

Self-control Theory of Crime Evaluation
Marilyn A. Vazquez
CJA/540 Criminological Theories
University of Phoenix
Angela Williams
October 24, 2011

Abstract
Crime consists of behavior patterns, the environment, and the economy of the world. Researchers tend to use theories to answers questions concerning these behaviors. For example such questions involve why people commit crimes, what type of people commit crimes, and a host of other questions. The topic of this paper consists of two types of theories. The topics discussed and compared involve the conflict theory and the social control theory. In addition, the comparison will display the theory that does a better job of addressing the occurrence
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Every society contains various classes such as ethnic, gender, and a host of other differences. These types of classes led to conflict because the difference in race, beliefs, and more. Some type of control method must be put into place if any society wishes to survive conflict. Both conflict and control integrate with each other. Social control theory entails methods to remove differences. Social control uses negatives and positives of punishment and reinforcement to enforce rules. Both social conflict and social control use means such as law enforcement. Conflict resolution involves a range of essential skills and techniques, which are of value in organizing and building social movements and parties. Social control resolution means regulation of the application of a particular set of laws or rules (Encyclopedia of Marxism, 2008).
Positive and negative effects in conflict theory
According to the examples and experiences of others the word conflict deems negativity. However, conflict also entails both negative and positive outcomes as well. On the negative side conflict can be disruptive, however, on the positive side it can also serve as a source of creativity and a constructive action (McGrath, 2009).
[Today conflict theorists find social conflict between any groups in which the potential for inequality exists: racial, gender, religious, political, economic, and so on. Conflict theorists note that unequal groups usually have conflicting values and
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