Lost In The Struggles Analysis

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Introduction This research paper is based on the documentary Lost in The Struggles: The Next Chapter, which follows the lives of three individuals, that go by the street names: Chucky, Burnz and Freshy, young men from what the police call “priority neighbourhoods”, the Jane and Finch neighbourhood of Toronto. A neighbourhood that experiences one of the highest proportions of youth, sole-supported families, refugees and immigrants, low-income earners and public housing tenants of any community in Toronto ("Jane and finch," 2002). Among many other reasons, this has led to a very high concentration of crime in the area. For the three individuals it is clear that a mixture of irrational decision making, free-willed choices, lack of control, affiliations with other criminal definitions, the feelings of strain, and social disorganization has led to them choosing criminal paths. My objective for this paper is to make use of criminologist theories to explain why these three individuals made the decisions to pursue a criminal career and what factors influenced them in following this path. Social Disorganization Theory Criminologists, look at many things when trying to negate what causes people to deviate from social and group norms with regards to their criminal behavior. It follows that sociologists have…show more content…
This assumption is known as the social control theory which was developed by Travis Hirschi. In this theory Hirschi asks the question why people follow the law. For Chucky, Burnz, and Freshy this theory suggests that they may have engaged in criminal activity when their bond to society has weakened (Ortiz, 2011). There are four important interrelated aspects of this theory that could constrain these individuals behavior: attachment, commitment, involvement, and

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