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General Strain Theory  

Timothy Brezina

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Feb 2017
General strain theory (GST) provides a unique explanation of crime and delinquency. In contrast to control and learning theories, GST focuses explicitly on negative treatment by others and ... More

Self-Control Theory and Crime  

Michael Gottfredson

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Jul 2017
Gottfredson and Hirschi advanced self-control theory in 1990 as part of their general theory of crime. Self-control is defined as the ability to forego acts that provide immediate or ... More

Social Disorganization Theory  

Paul Bellair

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Jul 2017
Contemporary sociologists typically trace social disorganization models to Emile Durkheim’s classic work. There is continuity between Durkheim’s concern for organic solidarity in societies ... More

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