Social Issues Should Serve As A Guide Rather Than A Solidified Model

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The previous decades being filled with social and political unrest the 1980’s catapulted the United States into a period of reflective yearning; highlighting the conflicting desires of the government to return to a time of simplicity and success, and of the citizens to focus their attention internally rather than outwardly (Lilly, Cullen, & Ball, 2011, Pg. 297-299). The impact of this conflict is a breeding ground for disruptive behavior and social unrest, the result of which perpetuates aversion within current and future generations. From this we can derive that along with changes in social trends we will also see changes in socially acceptable behaviors, including delinquency. Implementing criminal justice policies and procedures…show more content…
Introduction The influential nature of the social trends occurring in the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s spurred a “trickle-down” effect into the 1980’s and 1990’s; new generations sought to redefine the scope of socially accepted practice based loosely on the pre-existing values of the previous generations and the recognition of the plight of their identifying group (Lilly, Cullen, & Ball, 2011, Pgs 295-306). Based on this, the rise in juvenile crime in the 1990’s can be connected to the deviation from socially acceptable behaviors, and perpetuated by the abrupt change in social trends occurring as a result of a settled populace. Was this juvenile crime trend a new generation of youth trying to define themselves, or the result of an indifferent populace of previous generations seeking solace from the social changes derived as a result of their era? The “do as I say, not as I do” mentality provides the perfect platform for deviance to occur by creating a unique double standard through inadvertent or blatant claim that the social and political complexities of one generation are superior to those of another. The rise in juvenile crime beginning in the 1980’s and running into the 1990’s is a result of the alteration to socially acceptable trends and practices; thus the aforementioned juvenile deviance is identifiable throughout the
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