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Strain Theory

  • By: Stephen K. Rice
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

Strain theory proposes that socially generated pressure, and the negative emotions that flow from such pressure, drives people to commit crime. Researchers' attention to this pressure, or strain, evokes more than 60 years of scholarship that tracks Robert Merton in the ...

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