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The sociological approach examines underlying social conditions that may influence criminal behavior by focusing on how social structure and processes contribute to crime. Two of the basic sociological theories are consensus theory and life course criminology. Consensus theory asserts that criminal laws and their enforcement reflect the values and concerns of the majority of people in a society. Life course criminology focuses on life trajectories or paths that may lead to lifelong or repeat criminal behavior. There are many other theories associated with the sociological approach to understanding and explaining criminal behavior; however, some theories might be more applicable than others.
Post by Day 3 an analysis of the strengths and limitations of at least two sociological theories as an explanation for criminal behavior. Then, briefly describe the sociological theory that you think best explains criminal behavior and explain why, using specific examples from the resources or the literature in your research.
(two – three paragraphs)
Note: Put the sociological theory you described in the first line of your post. You will be asked to respond to a colleague who described a different theory than you did.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.
Menard, S., & Morris, R. (2012). Integrated Theory and Crimes of Trust. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 28(2), 365–387.


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