Sociology Of Shoplifting

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Shoplifting is a major problem in today life. The temptation of not paying for something, just hiding it away and saving your own money is a large factor for some people. To commit shoplifting one must "intend" to permanently deprive the merchant of the value of the merchandise. Shoplifting most often occurs by concealing merchandise in a purse, pocket or bag but can occur by a variety of methods. However the real inquiry is, what implications are involved for a customer to shoplift? Anthropological, sociological and psychological implications are contributions to the overall phenomena of shoplifting. Sociology helps understand how society affects people in a way that makes them want to shoplift. In society the number of unemployed people and…show more content…
If a person lives in a city like Chicago were theft rates are unacceptably high, they won’t understand as it a wrong doing as everyone around them is doing it. However, a person living in a place like Geneva would have the opposite reactions to shoplifting. In our culture today, children are more easily influenced by the environment in which they live or spend time in and the people with which they surround themselves. Since people hold materialistic items to such a high value in our culture, children are encouraged to have all the newest things. An easy and inexpensive way to get these items happens to be shoplifting. Our culture today puts materialistic wants at a higher standard than our moral values, changing our views on committing this crime. Shoplifting among teens is often the result of peer pressure, or because some young people may find it cool or daring. Jealousy may also be a factor because kids want things their classmates have, but can't afford them or teens may also want attention from their parents or friends when they shoplift from stores. Moral values are tossed aside when it come to being cool and impressing others and this leads to the increasing rate of shoplifting. The religion people follow sometimes have effects on their judgements and perspectives if the religion is misinterpreted, as no religion implements that stealing is good. Although if a…show more content…
In society, the quantity of unemployed individuals and social guidelines is an incredible effect to the quantity of shoplifting wrongdoings there are in the public eye. Moreover, Psychology sees how a man's mental stage influences his capacity to control themselves from shoplifting. Lastly, Anthropology sees how what an individual has confidence in, the way of life they experience childhood in and their genes they were born with identifies with their violations. Hence, anthropological, sociological and psychological implications are contributions to the overall phenomena of
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