Prompt: Are there any crimes that are particularly hard to explain using the theories we outlined in class? Choose a crime (this should be a specific case from a news article) and summarize this event. Why do you think the theories we covered in class fail to explain this crime? Argue your case.


Choose from the following theories

1.     Anomie/Strain
2.     General Strain Theory (GST)
3.     Social Disorganization
4.     Collective Efficacy
5.     Deterrence
6.     Institutional Anomie Theory (IAT)
7.     Subculture theory of crime- which talks about the “middle class measuring rod” and the idea of “rejecting the rejectors”
8.     Subculture theory- specifically, differential opportunity theory
9.     Focal concerns (trouble, toughness, fate, smartness, excitement, luck, autonomy)
10.  Subculture of Violence (general)
11.  Subculture of Violence (particularly about the south)
12.  The Code of the Street


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