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A Biosocial View of Social Bond Theory
A biosocial view of social bond theory
DanielleBoisvertSam Houston State University

Hirschi (1969) introduced social bond theory over 40 years ago in his book Causes of Delinquency. Since then, there has been no shortage of empirical studies testing social bond theory (Kempf, 1993), and there is no doubt that Hirschi's theory will remain a permanent fixture in criminological literature for decades to come. A quick inspection of any modern-day criminological textbook will undoubtedly feature Hirschi's social bond theory, and the current text is no exception. Put briefly, Hirschi developed his theory as a way to account for people's conformity to prosocial behavior rather than try to explain why people engage in antisocial behavior. Rooted in control theory, Hirschi viewed humans ...

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