Social explanations of crime

Shannon Vettor, Maria Ioannou

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A common set of explanations for causes of crime relate to the person’s interactions with others. At the heart of these theories is the view that people learn, either directly or indirectly, to offend. This may be direct learning of how to commit crimes as well as the absorption of a moral code in which criminality is acceptable. This can include recognition that others regard the person as criminal and therefore channelling actions to fit those expectations. The different stages in personal development at which people do enter into this criminal ambience may also affect how longstanding is their criminality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCriminal Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationTopics in Applied Psychology
EditorsDavid Canter
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781444116953
ISBN (Print)9780203784235
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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