The Strain Theory: Subculture Perspective

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The Strain Theory Whitney O'Neal Colorado Technical University Criminology CJUS343-1502A-02 Walter Clement May 8, 2015 The Strain Theory Do you alleviate your negative emotions with criminal activity? Are you turning to crime to cope? James is angry all of the time and turns to crime to ease his pain. In this paper there will be an explanation of the strain theory and the reaction formation and how this is related to the subculture perspective. There will be discussion on how the strain theory and how it interacts in James’s life and how he uses crime to reduce or escape from strains. There will be more insight on behaviorism and the conflict perspective that seems to have taken hold of James’s life and the effect it will have…show more content…
He never received any nurturing support from his family; as a young man he needs that guidance that only a parent can give him. James will look for support from somebody. James will look for what he desires the most; attention. James may turn to gangs or his peers for this attention and it may not be what his parents want for their son. This behavior is already instilled into James because of his parents constant fighting; they seem to be paying more attention to their own needs instead of the needs of James. Strains will and can lead to crime because they reduce one’s level of social control (Agnew, 2008, p. 3). Strains often involve negative treatment by people such as parents, teachers, spouses, and employers (Agnew, 2008, p. 3). This treatment reduces the persons emotional bond and in conventional society; for example, getting low grades, loss of a job, divorce, and theft (Agnew, 2008, p.…show more content…
Since he is a twenty four year old man living with his mother this suggest to me that this is a low income family and there is the inability to achieve monetary gain. The result of being a juvenile delinquent is increasing acts for runaways, teenage suicides, teenage parents who get married to early and end up divorced (Wickliffe, 2000, p. 1). Juveniles are spending more and more time in front of televisions, computers, and surfing the Internet in order to purchase guns and other weapons to aid them in criminal activity (Wickliffe, 2000, p. 1). The parent-child relationship is null and void. We cannot always blame the parents; but the structure within the family home could determine the extent of delinquent behavior that grows in the juvenile (Wickliffe, 2000, p.
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