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Social Learning, Social Control, and Strain Theories: A Formalization of Micro-level Criminological Theories

  • Author(s): Proctor, Kristopher Ryan
  • Advisor(s): Turk, Austin T
  • et al.
Abstract

This dissertation proposes theoretical formalization as a way of enhancing theory development within criminology. Differential association, social learning, social control, and general strain theories are formalized in order to identify assumptions of human nature, key theoretical concepts, theoretical knowledge claims, and scope conditions. The resulting formalization allows greater comparability between theories in terms of explanatory power, and additionally provides insights into integration and elaboration as forms of theory development.

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