Cultural Disorganization And Strain Theory In Sociology

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Research Methodology
Participants
Five individuals were chosen to participate in this questionnaire. The five people that were selected to participate were unrelated and independent from one another. They included four males and one female, and they ranged in age from 21 to 65 years old. Four out of the five participants were chosen because they work or have worked in the criminal justice system prior to this research. The last participant was chosen because of his younger age and knowledge of the new generation of gangs and crime in his current city. The first individual selected to participate in the questionnaire is a 37-year-old, female, graduate student. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and she is currently working on her master’s degree in Criminology. She was picked because of her educational background in criminal justice. The
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Strain theorists believe that individuals can become hopeless and feel that the only way to obtain their dreams is by joining a gang (Cooper, 2011). Lastly, is cultural deviance theory and this one is a combination of disorganization and strain theories. Theorists believe criminal behavior is due to the strain people feel and the social isolation that urban areas experience (Cooper, 2011). Cultural deviance theorists say the combination of growing up in deteriorated areas, with the strain of seeing no way out is the reason people join gangs (Cooper, 2011). This theory relates to the more violent gang members because theorists stated that both factors of this theory can push a person to feel they need to take part in violent behavior (Cooper, 2011).
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