Essay on Social Bonding And Control Theory

1386 Words Jun 19th, 2015 6 Pages
Looking at Willie’s interactions within his neighborhood, he doesn’t seem to have any deep resounding ties or bonds to any part of it aside from the 88 gang. Social bonding and control theory claim that those who have lesser ties with their community are more likely to commit crimes within those communities. It is also said that “ties to the family, school and other aspects of society serve to diminish one’s propensity for deviant behavior” (ONTARIO, 2010). This theory asserts that bonds between the parents, peers and community are equally important in preventing delinquency in juveniles. The stronger the bonds are between each, the less likely an adolescent is to commit some deviant act. The perspective of this theory differs from most, in that it states that all persons have the opportunity to commit crime, but those that attempt to establish and maintain societal bonds are less likely to follow that impulse – this angle focuses on why people don’t commit crime instead of why certain people choose to. Overall, juveniles with weak bonds to their neighborhood usually have a lower opinion or view of that area and lack responsibility for their negative actions impacting the community.
The broken home that Willie grew up in led to him seeking an outside source for guidance and encouragement. Many troubled youth find this comfort in gangs as the members are likeminded individuals who share similar backgrounds. A gang makes the troubled juveniles feel like they belong somewhere.…

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