Essay about Social Therory

2276 Words Apr 13th, 2014 10 Pages
Social Theory Examination Paper
Tremaine Iwundu
March 17, 2014
Carl M. Miedich
Social Theory Examination Paper The way individuals learn to interact with society as children tends to predict how they will interact with society and respond to its environments as adults. There are social theories that help the understanding of why individuals choose deviant behaviors and how they progress through life. Social process theories view criminal and deviant criminal behaviors as evolving mechanisms learned through societal interaction. Social development theories view deviant and criminal behaviors as part of a maturation process. Social theories are conclusions that have come about based on the response of individuals to
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Being that negative behavior was reinforced and rewarded to the inmates at Pelican Bay by their peers, the inmates continued those negative behaviors and even done so at a higher level than normal to receive greater status. This part of their society has taught them the rule of survival of the fittest. In a prison setting such as Pelican Bay, there is no room for the weak. The weak would be those who are considered “snitches” for telling when the rules are being broken or when someone has harmed another person. In a prison environment, being a snitch is a death sentence. The deviant behavior by those inmates is so harsh and deviant that the person who did the hit for individual behind bars was killed for not doing it in a way that was subpar to the way that the person who ordered the hit thought it should be done. Somewhere down the line in the lives of these criminals, deviant behavior became a way of life and was approved so the behavior was continued even in a place where they are punished for their deviant behavior. Social development theory attempts to explain qualitative changes in the structure and framework of society that helps the society to better realize its aims and objectives. Society develops in response to contact and interaction between human beings and their material, social, and intellectual environment. The presence of external threats, the pressure of social and physical conditions, and the complexities of human behavior prompt humans to

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