A2 Sociology- explaining crime and deviance: Subcultural theories

21 mark essay on subcultural theories of crime and deviance: Assess the usefulness of subcultural theories in explaining 'subcultural crime and deviance'
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Using material from item A and elsewhere, assess the usefulness of subcultural
theories in explaining `subcultural crime and deviance' in society today. (21
marks)

A subculture is where a number of individuals choose to be a part of a separate group
that follow distinct norms and values different to those…

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Miller saw the deviant working class subcultural values as `focal concerns'. For
example, autonomy, trouble, toughness, excitement and fatalism. This theory is
supported by research carried out by Parker on Liverpool gangs. It is these `focal
concerns' that lead the path to deviant and criminal behaviour of individuals within this…

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