Social Deviance Theory, And Social Control Theory

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“Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper, void of all characters without any ideas; how comes is it to be furnished?...To this I answer, in one word, from experience” (Locke). Although there are several cases where delinquents are mentally ill through biological means rather than events that occurred in their lives, I do agree with Locke 's theory to an extent. In that most people are born with a blank slate, they are neither good nor bad, it is that we encounter in our lives that shape us into the person we become. Therefore, in my opinion the best theories so far that explains juvenile delinquency is a combination of several aspects from cultural deviance theory, strain theory, and social control theory. Cultural…show more content…
The first being that social disorganization is conjured when the area in which people live is run down. These neighborhoods are tragically impoverished weakening social mobility. As well as having population heterogeneity, population turnover, physical decay, and inequality. With the neighborhoods lacking in organization, the necessary social controls are absent and essential services, such as: security, economic governance, and basic human needs services like health and education, are prevented from being adequately provided (Auyang 1980). Social disorganization stimulates cultural conflicts. In neighborhoods that have a community agreement of what values and attitudes are the correct ones, and on the need for education, useful spare time, and other cultivating problems for children, there is a low rate of delinquent crimes. However, communities that do not express these necessities have a higher form of delinquency rates. The various cultures existing in one neighborhood creates a conflict that is exasperated by people who encourage an unconventional way of life and saw criminal conduct as a reasonable form of obtaining wealth. Therefore, since cultural conflict accepts criminal behavior delinquent behavior, delinquency then thrives. And as children continue to be constantly in contact with these delinquent traditions, they develop into criminals themselves making it their career. Edwin
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