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Social Process Theories: Socialized to Crime

I need help getting started on these two questions. Can you help me? All help and suggestions are appreciated.

LINKING WELFARE TO CRIME

1. Michael Tanner makes some interesting observations about a possible correlation between welfare and crime. Read his testimony by following the web link, and then describe in what ways, according to Tanner, does welfare contribute to crime?

Testimony of Michael Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies, The Cato Institute (http://www.cato.org/testimony/ct-wc67.html)

APPLYING THEORY TO SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT

2. Skim the article written by Thomas M. Scheff and Suzanne M. Retzinger, and then describe what elements do the authors identify as being a possible prerequisite for sexual aggression?

Shame, Anger and the Social Bond: A Theory of Sexual Offenders and Treatment (http://www.sociology.org/content/vol003.001/sheff.html)

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Hi,

Have you read the articles yet? I found both articles making interesting connections, one connecting welfare AND crime, and the other explaining sexual aggressiveness in terms of shame, anger and insecure social bonds in relationships with others.

Let's expand on these ideas.

RESPONSE:

1. Michael Tanner makes some interesting observations about a possible correlation between welfare and crime. Read his testimony by following the web link, and then describe in what ways, according to Tanner, does welfare contribute to crime? Testimony of Michael Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies, The Cato Institute (http://www.cato.org/testimony/ct-wc67.html).

Sometimes Tanner seem to make connections that are only indirectly connected to crime, but he does makes some good points linking welfare to crime. However, poverty could be the mediating factor for the correlation found between welfare and crime. However, he does base his assumptions on research evidence. According to Tanner:

First, as welfare contributes to the rise in out-of-wedlock births and single-parent families (e.g., takes away economic consequences for teen pregnancies, increased welfare encourages women to have other out-of-wedlock births, Medicare pays of infertility programs for single women ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses evidence linking welfare to crime and applies social process theories to identify the possible prerequisite for sexual aggression and implications for treatment.

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