Theories Of Differential Association Theory

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In criminology, differential association is a theory developed by Edwin Sutherland proposing that through interaction with others, individuals learn the values, attitudes, techniques, and motives for criminal behavior. The differential association theory is the most talked about of the learning theories of deviance. (DAT).

Theories of criminality are derived from distinct images of human behavior. I chose the movie American history X and the theory is Sutherland’s differential Association theory (DAT). We look at many theories. In this theory we are taught that behavior, belief’s, involvement’s, and attachments, have a lot of pro-social attachment. In the movie we see correlation between two brothers which show social bonding, social attachments, and social control theory. We look at the theory from Edward Sutherland to understand what we learn from behaviors that are taught.

Edwin Hardin Sutherland (Gibbon, Nebraska August 13, 1883 – October 11, 1950 Bloomington, Indiana) was an American sociologist. He is considered as one of the most influential criminologists of the 20th century. He was a sociologist of the symbolic interactionist school of thought and is best known for defining white-collar crime and differential association, a general theory of crime and delinquency

The differential association theory is the most talked about of the learning theories of deviance. This theory focuses on how individuals learn to become criminals, but does not concern itself with why
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