Upbringing:Learning from others.

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KeyStudy2:Sutherland-Theory of differential Association

Criminal behaviour is learned through exposure to criminal norms happening within the family and peer groups.It arises from two factors,learned attitudes and imitation of specific acts.

When a person is socialised within a group they will be exposed to values and attitudes towards the law.Some of these attitudes will be favourable and other unfavourable.If a person comes to acquire more favourable attitudes towards crime than unfavourable ones then they may become a criminal.

They may also accquire specific techniques for breaking the law as well as rationalisations for their behaviour.

It is important to realise that a person does not necessarily learn deviant attitudes from toger criminals as law…


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