Shrock paper one

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Sean Baas
Shrock 412 paper 1
Burglar on the Job Throughout the novel Burglars on the Job: Streetlife and Residential Beak-ins, the authors Richard T. Wright and Scott Decker study the interactions of those who are within the subculture of being burglars and how, why and who they commit these offenses toward. Within this paper we will be discussing the relationship of Merton's anomie theory and how this theory correlates to the acts and motivation of the individuals to accomplish the ability to acquire the means of society. Also we will be evaluating these individuals by explaining Hirschi's social bonds theory allowing this to help us better understand those who have personal relationships and what effects this has on the
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Hirschi's social bond theory does not prove to be strong or loosely affiliated theoretically within this study. The pure fact that some of the individuals would steal from those who are close to them makes it a contradictory equation due to the fact that these victims are usually those who are closest to the hustler. "[I spend the money from my burglaries for] needs, not wants, needs- roof over my head, food in my mouth and things for my kids".(Lynn-No. 095) (Wright and Decker, 45) On the other hand the hustlers would use their ability to affect anothers' life just because they were an easy target or target hardening boundaries did not exist on the property. Merton's Anomie theory versus his Social-Bond theory was persuasively building on one another. When one commits an act resulting in the explanation of anomie it is a push and pull force that shows how a person will weigh the options to see how an act will be weighed on their survivability. With Social-Bond theory our family governs our conscience on whether we should do an act such as burglary. Using the

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