Why do young working class people commit crime? PART 1

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Why do young working class people commit crime? PART 1

This A-Level Sociology video explores reasons why there are differences in working-class and middle-class causes of crime.

  • Subcultural explanations of crime and deviance
  • Subculture theory focuses on explaining why young working class people commit crime, known as juvenile delinquency.
  • This is often not linked to material or financial goals and is often malicious in nature.
  • Subcultural theory attempts to explain why juvenile delinquency has a collective or subcultural character. This means is committed as part of a larger group or gang.
  • These theories build on as well as criticise Mertons theory.

Theories and concepts such as the following will be explored in depth. Status frustration: AK Cohen (1955), Illegitimate opportunity structure: Cloward and Ohlin (1960) and Paul Willis’ Learning to Labour: How working class kids get working class jobs” (1979).

Please see Why do young working-class men commit crime Part 2 for further details on the topic.

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