The Theory Of Social Bonding Theory

2224 Words Nov 17th, 2016 9 Pages
The one single theory that can explain all types of criminals or crime, all the time, anywhere is clearly Travis Hirschi’s social bonding theory developed in 1969. In this theory Hirschi believes that delinquent behavior is an example that results from weak social bonds. In most cases, crime is the result that starts far before adult or even adolescent years. This is why there are four key elements to social bonding theory that range from attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief. All of these elements are key to the forming and reasoning of one’s involvement in crime. Most people grow up attached to a certain figure in their lives whether it be a close person throughout their lifetime such as a neighbor, friend, family member, or in most cases a parent. As well as becoming attached, most everyone is also involved in some form of commitment and involvement through out their life. Commitment is one’s commitment to society as involvement is the amount of time one is consuming taking part in legitimate activities. The last element to social bonding theory, belief, refers to a person’s internalization of the laws or other social norms such as religious beliefs or what they were raised as being considered “appropriate”. The best true general theory of crime is based on a person’s social bond that include: attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief. The first element and perhaps the most important of social bond, is attachment. According to Ryan, Testa, Fuhua (2008),…
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