Social Organized Crime Perspective Paper

807 Words Nov 3rd, 2011 4 Pages
Social Organized Crime Perspective Paper Many could argue that organized crime takes place in our society because of the circumstances in which our society has chosen to exist. It could have been started because of rules, regulations, and laws that we have placed upon ourselves that not every person agrees with. It could be a problem because several of the people within our society choose to live differently because they feel they can. Whatever the logic behind the choice organized crime does exist in our society and has for quite some time. In this paper will take a look at the perspective of social organized crime. We will discuss and explain the term social institution and how it applies to organized crime. We will discuss empirical …show more content…
Organized crime exists because and could be applied to our social institution as the antithesis of our social institution. When we consider theories that are most applicable to the idea of a social institution and how they may apply to organized crime or criminal behavior in generally it is important to consider at least two of theories. The Rational Choice Theory and the Theory of Differential Association are two theories that attempt to allow us to gain insight as to how a social institution can not only be responsible for creating organized crime but also allude to criminal behaviors and allow us to see how individuals can come to a decision to choose to live their life in this fashion. The Rational Choice Theory is one that is popular and it believes that a person committing the crime has weighed the outcomes and benefits and the consequences to this crime. It believes that the decision to choose to commit the crime far outweighs the consequences that come with it. This has relevance in a social institution because it demonstrates how an individual can choose to not go along with what is expected out of them from society and has made a decision to go against that and face the consequences. Criminal behavior is learned. By studying the Theory of Differential Association we can see once a person has been subjected to criminal

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