Topic 2 - Strain and Sub-cultural Theories - Focal Concerns and Subterranean Values

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Focal concerns

Focal concerns = term used to describe key values.

Miller (1962) - working-class males have six focal concerns that are likely to lead to deliquency:

1. Smartness - both look good and have a sharp repartee.

2. Trouble - "I don't go looking for trouble but..."

3. Excitement - thrill seekers.

4. Toughness - being physically strong.

5. Automony - not to be pushed around.

6. Fate - little chance to overcome the wider fate that awaits…


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