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Learning Theories of Crime: Promises and Potential
Learning theories of crime: Promises and potential
Jonathan R.BrauerUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
Jonathan D.BolenUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
A Brief History of Learning Theories of Crime

In 1939, Edwin Sutherland advanced criminological theory by presenting an explicit statement of differential association theory in the third edition of his Principles of Criminology textbook. Dissatisfied with the fragmented multiple factor explanations that were common in American criminology at the time, Sutherland developed the principles of differential association with the goal of providing a general theory that promised to explain all known patterns of crime (Sutherland, 1973). The basic premise was attractively simple; he posited that criminal behavior, like all human behavior, is learned via communication and interaction within social groups. Differential association theory ...

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