Hirchi's social bonds theory of crime and deviance

Belief:
People share moral beliefs like respect for others and need for obediance to the law.
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Commitment:
People are commited to conventional activities like working, education, raising a family etc and they don't want to risk anything by commiting crime.
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Involvement:
Peopla re involved and busy with sports teams, school activities, religious groups, social clubs etc so they don't have time to commit crime.
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Attachment:
People are attached to those around them, like family, friends, the local community, and don't want to jeopardise those social bonds by commiting crime.
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Evaluation 1:
It assumes that those who commit crime have broken away from the bonds that tie them to mainstream values, but Merton's work shows that criminals are committed to mainstream values. Cohen - alternative status hierarchy = wc boys still want to belong.
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Evaluation 2:
You can be deviant and also have tight social bonds (eg white-collar criminals with successful careers.)
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Evalutation 3:
Doesn't explain why some have weaker bonds than others, and not all those with weak social bonds turn to crime.
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Evaluation 4:
Doesn't exlpain the vaiety of forms of C+D eg utilitarian and non-utilitarian crime.
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People are commited to conventional activities like working, education, raising a family etc and they don't want to risk anything by commiting crime.

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Commitment:

Card 3

Front

Peopla re involved and busy with sports teams, school activities, religious groups, social clubs etc so they don't have time to commit crime.

Back

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Card 4

Front

People are attached to those around them, like family, friends, the local community, and don't want to jeopardise those social bonds by commiting crime.

Back

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Card 5

Front

It assumes that those who commit crime have broken away from the bonds that tie them to mainstream values, but Merton's work shows that criminals are committed to mainstream values. Cohen - alternative status hierarchy = wc boys still want to belong.

Back

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