Special Topics Gangs Chapter 3 Lecture

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1. Explain your theory of why gangs exist and thrive. Respond to at least one of your classmates' posts.

2.Name and briefly describe Robert Merton's five modes of adaptation. Be sure to identify the modes he considered deviant forms of behavior.

3.Albert Cohen identified five central characteristics of lower class delinquent gangs, which, when combined, comprise the delinquent subculture. Name and briefly describe these five characteristics.

4. Name and briefly describe Sykes and Matza's five techniques of neutralization that may be used by individuals to neutralize and temporarily suspend their commitment to societal values, thus providing the freedom to commit delinquent acts.


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