Neutralization In Bernie
This theory states that people justify themselves when they break the law to explain why it was okay for them to do what the illegal act (Barkan, 2011). Sykes and Matza have established five different techniques that they say people use to justify their illegal behavior. These techniques are denial or responsibility, denial of injury, denial of the victim, condemnation of the condemners, and appeal to higher loyalty. The techniques that apply most to this film are denial of the victim and denial of responsibility (Barkan, 2011). Denial of the victim states that “even if offenders concede that they are about to harm someone or something, they may reason that their target deserves the harm” (Barkan, 2011, pg. 194). Denial of responsibility states that offenders “say that they are not responsible for the delinquent acts they intend to commit” (Barkan, 2011, pg.